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GAA: THE AXE LOOMS.

THE seven-match GAA programme could herald the end of eras in Cork, Thurles, Castlebar and Croke Park over the weekend.

On the busiest weekend of the season so far five high-profile managers in the country are facing 'win or bust' situations.

Clare's Ger Loughnane may declare his innings if the Banner's colours are lowered in today's mouth-watering Guinness Munster semi-final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Loughnane has always reckoned that the timespan for players and management is no more than five years - and this is his fifth year in charge.

Up the road in Thurles tomorrow Jimmy Barry-Murphy won't have too many supporters if his four-year reign ends in defeat to Waterford.

John Maughan may also find himself wanting out in Mayo if the result doesn't go right for him against Roscommon.

The most certain exit of all is likely to come from Croke Park where Kildare and Offaly meet in the Leinster quarter-final.

Mick O'Dwyer has already intimated strongly that this is his last year while Offaly's Tommy Lyons is intent on getting out when his three years are over.

Donegal and Armagh meet in their Clones replay with doubts hanging over the future of the Brian McAlinden-Brian Canavan partnership in Armagh.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Keys, Colm
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 12, 1999
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