Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney have been ratified as Joint Managers of the Clare Senior Hurling team for a two year term.
Their proposal was accepted by club delegates on Tuesday evening. The duo succeed Davy Fitzgerald in the position with the Sixmilebridge man having been in charge since 2012 winning the County’s fourth ever All-Ireland title and a first League title in thirty eight years.
Donal and Gerry have worked together as Joint Managers of the County’s minor and U21 teams going three years unbeaten as Clare won a historic three-in-a-row All-Ireland and Munster titles from 2012 to 2014.
No backroom team has yet been announced with the managers still in the process of finalising the make-up of their management. Three time All-Star Seanie McMahon is tipped to be involved as a selector with the Doora/Barefield clubman working alongside Donal Moloney with the Clare U21 and Intermediate hurlers for the past two seasons.
Three time All-Ireland winner Donal Óg Cusack is set to continue in the management team. Liam Cronin is heavily linked with the setup, he was coach of the Éire Óg senior hurlers this year with Gerry O’Connor as manager, Cronin has also played a part in the hurling revolution at Ard Scoil Rís. Kieran Corcoran has been part of Moloney’s management since 2015 and is expected to have some role in the senior setup in 2017.
Meanwhile Anthony Daly will continue as coach of the Limerick minor hurlers for the coming season. John Mulqueen has taken over from Pat Donnelly as manager with Donnelly moving to the U21 position.