GER Keane and Michael Neylon have been lined up by the Clare County Board to serve as joint managers of the county senior football team for the 2014 season in the wake of Mick O’Dywer’s departure follwoing Saturday’s hugely disappointing 3-17 to 0-10 All-Ireland Qualifier defeat to Laois in Cusack Park.
The Clare People can exclusively reveal that Keane and Neylon, who served as selectors under Mick O’Dwyer this year, are being targetted to head up the management for next season.
“This is what the board wants for Clare football going forward,” a Clare County Board source told The Clare People this Monday. “We want Ger Keane and Michael Neylon to stay with it and take the management job next year, because despite last Saturday’s defeat some good work has been done with the team this season and we want that to continue for 2014 – we want some continuity to be there,” the source added.
It’s understood that St Senan’s Kilkee clubman Keane and Neylon of St Joseph’s Miltown have been sounded out about their interest in assuming the management reins, though they haven’t yet been officially approached.
“They’ve been spoken to unofficially about taking over from Mick O’Dwyer and the word is they want to think about it for a week,” the county board source told The Clare People about plans now underway to finalise what will be the senior side’s seventh management team in the last ten years.
The moves at higher board level to fill the vacancy quickly could mean that both Keane and Neylon, if they accept the job, will be ratified at the July meeting of the Clare County Board.
Meanwhile, chairman Michael McDonagh has praised Mick O’Dwyer’s contribution to Clare during his eight-month stint in charge. “Mick O’Dwyer is a legend and he owes nothing to Clare,” said McDonagh.
“He accepted the challenge to manage Clare and he did his best for Clare in his year in charge, just like did his best when he was with Kerry, Kildare, Laois and Wicklow. It’s not Mick O’Dwyer’s fault what happened on Saturday and his record as the greatest manager in the history of Gaelic football won’t change because of what happened on Saturday. I’m certainly proud that Mick O’Dwyer took up the challenge of trying to bring Clare football to a better place,” he added.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on [email protected]

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