THE management of the Clare senior hurling team looks set to be down to a two-horse race between the Donal Moloney/Gerry O’Connor joint-managment team and a team led by former manager Anthony Daly.
The closing date and time for nominations in the race to succeed the outgoing Davy Fitzgerald as manager passed at 5pm on Monday, with Clare County Board chiefs remaining tight-lipped on those who have been nominated for the prestigious post.
“We haven’t gone through the nominations yet,” board chairman Joe Cooney told The Clare People on Monday evening.
“We will go through the nominations and then we will have a committee in place which was agreed and  we will interview the candidates over the coming weeks to see what their intentions are,” added Mr Cooney in outlining the process that will now take shape before the new management is revealed.
Ahead of the interview process The Clare People has learned that there is a groundswell of support across the county for two different management teams — one headed up by a joint-management of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, the other led by Anthony Daly.
Both the Scariff and Éire Óg clubs have nominated the Moloney/O’Connor partnership, while Clarecastle have nominated their clubman Anthony Daly for the post, but aside from these known nominations it is understood that a host of other hurling and football clubs have rowed in with their support for both prospective management teams.
The credentials of Moloney and O’Connor are that they are next in line for the post, having served as joint minor managers for three years when winning back-to-back provincial titles in 2010 and ‘11 before moving onto the Under 21s from 2012 to ‘14 when they led Clare to an unprecedented hat-trick of Munster and All-Ireland titles.
Anthony Daly served as Clare manager for three years between 2004 and ‘06 and brought the county to back-to-back All-Ireland semi-finals before linking up with Dublin for a six-year stint from 2010, revolutionising the game in the capital and winning a National League in 2011 and a Leinster title in 2013.
The next meeting of the Clare County Board is scheduled for next Tuesday, by which time the Clare County Board could have a preferred candidate/candidates for the post.

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