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Clare All-Ireland club finalists on the hunt for new manager after Hogan steps down

Robbie Hogan has departed after the recent defeat to Cuala.

ALL-IRELAND CLUB hurling finalists Ballyea are on the hunt for a new manager after Robbie Hogan has departed from his role with the Clare club.

Ballyea stand together for the national anthem Ballyea players with Robbie Hogan (far right) before their All-Ireland club semi-final win over St Thomas. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Hogan confirmed his decision to Clare FM this morning after Ballyea’s campaign ended with the recent St Patrick’s Day final loss to Cuala.

The Ballyea native steered his club to an unprecedented run of recent success as they won their first Clare senior title last October and lifted their first Munster crown in November.

Their winning run was only ended on St Patrick’s Day at the hands of Dublin side Cuala in the All-Ireland club final.

Hogan has been in charge for the last five years of the Clare senior hurling side’s fortunes.

James Murphy and Robbie Hogan celebrate Robbie Hogan celebrates Ballyea's win over Thurles Sarsfields last November. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

“I’ve just taken the decision to step down as manager,” said Hogan.

“It’s the toughest text I’ve had to send in the last five years this morning. You’re self-employed and family is growing up around you, they’ve been my greatest supporters the last five years, now it’s my turn to turn around and give the same support to them.

“It has been a fantastic journey. Starting out five years ago and to bring it to an All-Ireland club (final) is just massive for everyone involved. To bring your own people to Croke Park was special.

Ballyea team huddle The Ballyea team before the All-Ireland club final in Croke Park. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“This opinion that they’ll never get back there again, is rubbish to me. There’s no limits to what these guys in what they can achieve. They’re just fantastic and it’s been a pleasure to work with them.”

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