SPORT — 11 December 2013

By Damian Dolan.

St Gabriel’s manager Tommy Duane has ruled himself out of becoming the next London hurling manager.

Duane led Gabriel’s to back-to-back county titles this year and to an All Ireland Club IHC final in February, and was part of the three-man committee appointed by the London County board to assist in the appointment of a successor to Eamonn Phelan, who stood down in the summer after three years in the role.

But with no takers for the job and following St Gabriel’s recent All Ireland Club IHC quarter-final defeat to Youghal, Duane had emerged as a possible candidate.

“It’s very difficult to take on a duel role and that would be the only reason, that I’m involved with my own club all the time,” said Duane, who was previously involved with the London junior hurling team.

“If you’re doing the London job it would be enough of a commitment. It’s a big ask. It’s at least two nights a week and then the weekend. I’ve made my commitment to St Gabriel’s – I wouldn’t be interested in doing the [London] job.”

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