All-Ireland U-20 & U-21 winning manager with Tipperary, Liam Cahill is leading the race to be the next Waterford senior hurling manager. Photos: Inpho.
The race to succeed Paraic Fanning as Waterford senior hurling manager took another twist on Monday night when hot favourite for the position, Peter Queally, was eliminated from the contest.
The Ballydurn man looked to be in pole position to get the job and looked set to be joined on the sideline by former Cork boss Denis Walsh, former selector and Déise legend Dan Shanahan, Shane Briggs and Darragh Duggan.
However, the Waterford News & Star understands that last (Monday) night the former Waterford selector and midfielder got a call to say that he wouldn’t be the name being put forward by the committee appointed by the County Board to find the county’s new man in charge.
Former Waterford hurlers Stephen Frampton and Tom Feeney, founder and Chief Executive of Nemeton TV Irial Mac Murchú, county secretary Pat Flynn and vice-chairman Sean Michael O’Regan are all part of that committee which was ratified at a meeting on August 20.
All-Ireland winning manager, Michael Ryan, has also been linked to the vacant Waterford post.
Since this news broke this morning (Tuesday) speculation has been rife as to who will now get the job.
Three names seem to be foremost in all speculation surrounding the post, none of them Waterford men. They are: Kilkenny hurling legend and All-Ireland club winning manager with Ballyhale Shamrocks, Henry Shefflin. All-Ireland winning former Tipperary manager, Michael Ryan and All-Ireland U-20 and U-21 winning manager with Tipperary, Liam Cahill.
The Waterford News & Star understands that Liam Cahill is the current favourite and Waterford great and former Ballygunner boss Fergal Hartley is one of the names being mentioned as part of his backroom team.
All-Ireland club winning manager and hurling legend, Henry Shefflin has also been linked to the vacant Waterford post.
The executive hasn’t received a recommendation from the selection panel as of yet. The Waterford county board told the Waterford News & Star yesterday that the search for a new manager is “a work in progress.” A special county board meeting, which is required to rubberstamp the appointment, isn’t scheduled for this week.
Watch this space.