The Wexford County Board have released a statement announcing the appointment of their new senior football manager.
Although Cork’s Conor Counihan was heavily linked with the position, the new manager of the Wexford senior footballers will be Paul McLoughlin, a Kildare native who was previously the minor manager.
The official Wexford GAA statement read:
“Wexford GAA confirms that the football selection committee are nominating Paul McLoughlin for the position of Senior Football Manager on a three year term.
“A former Kildare star, Paul played with the Lilywhites in three Leinster SFC finals. A resident of Rosslare, McLoughlin is a former Manager of the Wexford Minor team and was part of the Senior backroom team under Jason Ryan and Aidan O Brien.
“Paul has assembled a top class backroom team which will be confirmed following the conclusion of the local club championships.”
McLoughlin fills the boots of former manager Séamus McEnaney after his brief one-year spell at the helm.
Even though Banty’s spell was short, he secured promotion to Division 3 of the National Football League in 2017 before missing out on silverware in the final to Westmeath.
Now, in 2018, the Wexford faithful will be hoping that McLoughlin adds to the relative successes of McEnaney by bringing a new crop of stars into the panel and getting his players to put in some big performances in Division 3 and the Leinster Championship.