Former Cork dual All-Ireland winner Teddy McCarthy will be ratified as the new Laois senior hurling manager at a meeting of the county executive next week.
McCarthy will take control of the senior hurlers for a three year period, with his decision to take the post confirmed when he attended the Laois SHC semi-finals in O’Moore Park on Sunday.
The Cork man was a surprise choice in many eyes, with the four-man committee selected by Laois GAA to find a new manager wasting little time in filling the vacancy left vacated by Brendan Fennelly earlier this year.
While McCarthy has no experience as a manager at intercounty level, he has acted as a selector with the Cork U-21s with Ger Fitzgerald over the last two years, and he is currently managing Bandon in the Cork IHC, having so far guided them to the semi-finals of the championship where they will take on Fr O’Neill’s on Sunday.
The Glanmire man was one of seven candidates interviewed for the job, two of which were from inside the county and the other five from outside the county. McCarthy’s availability was made known to the county board by a Laois man living outside the county, as Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen explains. “He expressed an interest through a Laois man outside the county.
“We interviewed two people from inside the county and five people from outside the county. We called some back for a second interview and after that then we went in favour of Teddy.”
He must now get to work on repairing the ailing fortunes of the county’s senior hurling team, and he plans to meet with the players in the near future, as well as meeting with club chairmen, as Allen details.
“His (Teddy’s) plan is to meet with the players and club chairmen to discuss their concerns, and he will take on board anything they have to tell him and he will outline his plans for the players over the next few years.”
McCarthy has been appointed on a three year basis, with a review to be carried out at the end of each year.
Allen also admitted that while there was much riding on McCarthy’s appointment he was adamant that “everybody has to buy into it.”
As for his backroom team, McCarthy will bring his own fitness coach with him, and the county board have been instructed to seek out selectors to act on the management team, as Allen outlines. “He is bringing his own fitness coach with him, and he has asked us to appoint the rest of the management team for him.
“We are drawing up a shortlist of possible selectors, there could be two or three, Teddy doesn’t have a preference so long as they are prepared to work in a hands-on matter and get involved. He also thinks that the selectors should have an eye towards replacing him in when he does leave, that’s the way he thinks things should work,”
Responsibility for the Laois U-21s may also come under McCarthy’s duties, as it has also been confirmed that the County Board are looking into ways of having both panels work together for 2012.
McCarthy’s appointment all but sees managerial appointments in the county completed for 2012. Justin McNulty remains as senior football manager with John Mulligan joining his back room team, while Pat Roe is joined at U-21 level by two new selectors - Billy Delaney (Stradbally) and Pat Murphy (The Rock).
In hurling, current minor manager Seamus Plunkett will meet with County Board officials later this week as he outlines a three year plan he has for Laois at that level.
Finally, both Portlaoise manager Mick Lillis and Arles-Kilcruise manager Mick Byrne have sought hearings from the CHC after being hit with suspensions following an incident which took place on the sideline at the Portlaoise v Arles-Kilcruise SFC quarter-final game. No players were given suspensions arising from the fracas which broke out just before half time.