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GAA: WATER MAY RUN TO THE LOUGH.

Byline: ROY CURTIS

WATERFORD could make a sensational bid to recruit Ger Loughnane as their new boss.

The Munster side are on the hunt for a manager following the resignation of Gerald McCarthy last Sunday.

Former Tipp star Colm Bonnar, the highly-regarded team trainer under McCarthy, is the early favourite to land the job.

But one insider has claimed that Loughnane could yet make his way to the top of the Waterford shopping list.

The most charismatic figure in hurling, Loughnane led the Clare revolution that saw the Banner end an 81-year barren spell by winning the 1995 and 1997 All-Irelands.

Under the former All-Star, Clare emerged as the most succesful team of the late 1990s and the figurehead of the hurling revolution.

Loughnane smashed the dominance of the Cork/Tipp/Kilkenny old firm and brought thousands of new fans into the game.

He stood down after Clare exited the 2000 championship at the hands of Tipp.

Waterford came agonisingly close to a major breakthrough under McCarthy.

But last Sunday's heartbreaking Munster semi-final loss to Limerick (Waterford led by 11 points at one stage) has sparked fears among Decies fans that the team might never fulfil its potential.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2001
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