Wednesday, June 12, 2019

By Kieran Murphy

AFTER the disappointments of the weekend where both the Carlow senior footballers and hurlers ended their interest in the championship, hurling manager Colm Bonnar has hinted that his time with the county could be coming to an end.

He was talking after he was watched his side lose to Wexford by 2-28 to 0-19 at Wexford Park on Saturday evening, a defeat which, barring a miracle involving Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup, means Carlow will make the drop back to the second tier of the championship 2020.

Bonnar’s reign has seen the county play all the top teams in the country barring Cork and Clare in either the league or championship. The Barrowsiders have also retained their place in Division 1 of the national league for next year.

“It has been a long road. I think I have done as much as I can with them. At this stage we are all hugely disappointed,” he said.

“They are a solid bunch. It is hard to say what will happen, what can we do, and it will take a small bit of thinking over the next couple of weeks,” the Tipperary native said.

As for the future of the Carlow senior football management team, the situation hasn’t changed with selector Tom Wogan and coach Steven Poacher saying it was too soon to comment after the footballers made their exit in the first round of the qualifiers at home to Longford by 2-11 to 0-7.

“We are not making any rash calls. We will go home and think about it,” Wogan said.

Steve Poacher expressed similar comments.

“If I knew the future I would be a millionaire. That is the key. Who knows? I have had one of the most enjoyable coaching journeys I have ever been on. I have met some fantastic people and made some fantastic friends in Carlow,” he said.

When asked would he change anything about how the management team built relationships with match officials, he said Carlow didn’t get the same treatment as other well-known managers around the country.

“Not really now. Davy Fitz does it. It is regarded as passion, but that is a chat for a different day,” he said.

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