Cork legend Teddy McCarthy is poised to become Laois’ new hurling manager.
The former dual star, who famously won All-Ireland hurling and football medals in 1990, will become the O’Moore County’s fifth manager in seven years and succeeds Kilkenny man Brendan Fennelly, who stepped down after just one season in charge in the wake of last June’s humiliating 34-point All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Cork.
Now McCarthy is set to be handed the onerous task of lifting spirits after one of the heaviest defeats ever suffered by the midland county. On the plus side, Laois are due to play in Division 1B of next year’s National League, though they could find themselves back in a less competitive Division 2 if the eight leading hurling powers force the GAA into a U-turn regarding the new structures that were approved by Central Council recently.
Formerly involved with his native Sarsfields, McCarthy has served as a Cork under 21 selector under Ger Fitzgerald for the past two seasons and has steered Bandon to a Cork IHC final which will be played on Sunday week.
His name will be put forward for ratification in the coming week by a sub-committee which includes Laois chairman Brian Allen, hurling chairman Kieran Delaney and former players Pat Critchley and Andy Dunne, with his appointment seen a mere formality.
- Lynn Publications