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Waterford play down speculation linking Donal Óg Cusack with hurling job

The county secretary dismissed a report suggesting the former Cork goalkeeper was being lined up to take over from Michael Ryan.

Donal Óg Cusack has impressed many hurling fans with his views on the game.
Donal Óg Cusack has impressed many hurling fans with his views on the game.
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WATERFORD HAVE DENIED reports that former Cork goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack may be in line to take over from departed hurling boss Michael Ryan.

The Irish Examiner reported today that Óg Cusack, who now works as an RTÉ hurling pundit, was in the running for the job. The newspaper suggested that former Waterford hurler John Mullane, and several other senior players, were keen to bring the Corkman on-board.

However, when contacted by TheScore.ie, the secretary of the Waterford County Board, Tim O’Keeffe dismissed talk of an early frontrunner emerging for the post.

“We are having a meeting this evening and will not be commenting further until after that. It’s a normal executive meeting,” he said.

When asked if any firm decisions would be made on appointing a new manager, O’Keeffe replied, “No, I wouldn’t think so.”

He added that the county may be ready to comment further on their recruitment process and possible candidates following the meeting, which is due to end close to 10pm this evening.

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Waterford were defeated 1-22 to 2-16 by Kilkenny in the final round of the All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers in July. Ryan’s departure was confirmed last week.

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