SPORT — 30 April 2013

By Damian Dolan

GAA Lory Meagher Cup

If Warwickshire go on and lift the Lory Meagher Cup in June then the county may well have stumbled upon a winning formula that could set a new trend.

While convention might dictate that one lone manager is the way to go, the county’s hurling team has also turned its nose up at the idea of two people sharing the responsibility, instead preferring a trio of managers for 2013.

Although the Exiles missed out on reaching the final of the Division 3B hurling league, it’s a system that appears to be working well, and given the geographical demands that the county has to contend with it’s not a managerial set up without merit, with the county team drawing its players from John Mitchels (Birmingham), Fullen Gaels (Manchester) and St Barnabas (Nottingham).

John Mitchels’ Steve Ahern took sole charge of the team last year and with some degree of success, guiding them to a league final and the semi-finals of the Lory Meagher. This year, however, he’s invited formerCorkhurler Cathal Casey and Fullen Gaels manager Stan Muray-Hession into the fold – the latter fresh from theManchesterside’s All Ireland exploits.

“It’s an interesting set up and it’s not something we’ve ever done before but given the geographical considerations we have it seems to be working very well. We’ve made it work,” said Murray-Hession, who managed Warwickshire to a championship semi-final in 2011.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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