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Kilkenny icon takes Dublin club hotseat

Dublin hurling club Lucan Sarsfields have appointed a Kilkenny legend to be their new senior manager — taking over from Cathal Fenton

Dublin hurling club Lucan Sarsfields have appointed a Kilkenny legend to be their new senior manager.

Charlie Carter will manage Lucan Sarsfields hurlers for the 2023 season.

The Kilkenny legend won three All-Irelands and three All Stars during a decorated career, and will be hoping to take his new troops to glory.

Lucan — who reached their sole county final in 2013 when coming up short against Ballyboden St Enda’s — were last year managed by Cathal Fenton and were beaten by Boden at the quarter-final stage.

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Star player Chris Crummey has emigrated to Australia and is not expected to be part of the panel this coming season, though they do have plenty of quality at this disposal.

Paul Crummey is a current Dublin panellist, forward Ciaran Dowling played in the Walsh Cup this year with Dublin, while Peter Kelly and 2011 Leinster winning captain Johnny McCaffrey are still mainstays of the team.

Upon his stepping down last October, a club statement read: “Cathal led us to our first Division 1 hurling title this year (2022) and we progressed to the quarter-final of the senior hurling championship. 

“Our Directors of hurling, Paul Stapleton and Vince O’Connor, will launch a formal process in the coming weeks to identify Cathal’s successor.

“The league title this year was a huge positive. Thanks to Cathal and his team for your hard work and commitment.”

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Carter was a key man for Kilkenny during the early Brian Cody era but left the panel in 2003 despite being captain after a fall-out with the boss.

“Brian does not do explanations,” said Carter in 2022 of being left on the bench. “It did not finish on a good note, but I made the decision.”

“I had made up my mind, I left down the jersey, back where I got it. I went to the door, I went down the tunnel, and wasn’t there a bloody draft coming in the other door.

“So when I came out, the door slammed behind me. I nearly jumped myself. The reporters looked up and they had their headline.”

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When asked if he had any contact with Brian Cody or even shared a pint ever with him since the Gowran man just laughed.

“You must be joking. If we passed each other, we might acknowledge each other and that is it.”

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