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Liam McHale to link up with Clare footballers?

Former Mayo footballer Liam McHale will be part of Micheál McDermott’s proposed management team to take the helm of the Clare senior footballers.
The Clare Champion has learned that McHale and former Clare footballer, Colm Clancy will join the Kilmurry Ibrickane boss if he is appointed county manager at next Tuesday’s county board meeting. Unconfirmed reports have also suggested that Doonbeg footballer, Philip Smith may complete McDermott’s management team.
Clare hasn’t had a county senior football manager since Frank Doherty resigned on July 11, after Clare were beaten by Donegal in the All-Ireland qualifier. One of four short-listed managerial contenders will be named as the Galway man’s successor on Tuesday.
While McDermott is favourite for the role, Cooraclare manager Aidan Moloney, Laois man Ger Lawlor, who is involved with the Cratloe intermediate team, and Cooraclare native Michael Lillis, who lives in Laois, are the remaining three contenders.
Initially Micheál McDermott was believed to have acquired former Dublin footballer Jim Gavin as part of his managerial team but, in an unconnected development, Gavin has been posted to Chad in Africa, with the Irish army from next March.
A host of former Clare footballers have been contacted by one or more of the short-listed candidates in recent weeks. The candidates have struggled to convince people to come on board with them in a task that was made more difficult given that four potential managers were seeking mentors.
Some of those approached include Martin Daly, Ger Keane, Colin Lynch, Kieran O’Mahony, Michael Neylon and Padraig Gallagher. 
In fact, Colin Lynch engaged in talks with members of the Clare County Board but is believed to have become disillusioned with what he heard from the county board, relating to their plans for the county senior football team.

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