Two time All-Ireland medalist, Kenny Morrissey is set to be ratified as manager of the Clare minor hurlers on Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Clare County Board. Current manager, Eamon Fennessy is expected to be confirmed as one of Morrissey’s selectors on the night.
Clarecastle native, Morrissey has served as a member of the backroom team with the Clare minors since Eamon Fennessy became manager in 2012. It appeared that their would be a change of management based on poor results during Fennessy’s reign which expired following a Munster semi-final defeat to Waterford.
Prior to his appointment to the management of the Clare minors in 2012, Morrissey was manager of the Clarecastle senior hurling team for a two year spell.
Morrissey will be very familiar with next year’s panel with a total of eleven players from the 2014 squad eligible for the grade in 2015. Some of their more consistent performers for the Clare minors this year were; Jason Loughnane, Jason Mc Carthy and Aron Shanagher all of whom are underage in 2015. Both Newmarket on Fergus and Kilmaley secured the County titles for Minor in 2014 and it is expected that they will be well represented on the panel.
Other members of Fennessy’s management team in 2014 included Alan Cunningham, Martin Duggan and Kevin Wallace and the general concensus is that none will be involved in 2015. Morrissey’s management team will be confirmed in Treaceys West County Hotel on Thursday evening along with the announcement of Donal Maloney’s U-21 backroom team, the ratification of Kieran Kelleher as manager of the Clare minor footballers and the confirmation of the U-21 football management team.