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'Any Inter-County Manager That Takes Over A Club Team, It Brings Big Expectations'

'Any Inter-County Manager That Takes Over A Club Team, It Brings Big Expectations'
By PJ Browne
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In December, three weeks after losing out to eventual All-Ireland champions Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Leinster semi-final, St Martin's announced somewhat of a managerial coup.

John Meyler would be taking over from Tomás Codd. The outgoing manager had spent five years in charge while Meyler, who was born in Wexford, departed as Cork manager during the summer.

"We've got John Meyler this year, a big appointment for the club," St Martin's forward Rory O'Connor said at eir Sport's launch of their Allianz Leagues coverage

"We're a very young team. There's great work being done with the club team at the moment. We have two senior hurling medals in the last five years, I think.

"Any inter-county manager that takes over a club team, it brings big expectations and hope as well. He's certainly going to raise the standards even higher. Hopefully, we can progress in Wexford again this year.


"The club is very forward thinking at the moment and we're very lucky to have great structures. There's a sub-committee that knew the previous manager's term was up so they went in search for lots of candidates for the job.

"It was left to older members of the club to go and suss out these fellas and call them and see who we could get."


In addition to Meyler, the Wexford club scene will also have former Waterford manager Derek McGrath involved in 2020. McGrath will be part of the Faythe Harriers backroom team.

"Between rumours and hearing it, and next thing it's announced on Twitter," said O'Connor of the McGrath news.

"Between Davy over Wexford, John over us and Derek helping out the Harriers, it's going to be a great championship and see how all those teams line out."


Pictures: Sportsfile

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