After the thrilling end to the Round Robin games in the Leinster Championship securing Wexfords status for 2024, the GAA community wondered, if would Darragh Egan have a chance to rectify the situation next campaign.
The Tipp man has won two All-Irelands himself as a player and was involved in the backroom team when The Premier County bested Kilkenny in the 2019 All-Ireland final. This got him in the running when the Wexford job became available in 2021 after Davy Fitzgerald stepped away from the position.
It has not been clear sailing though with a particular low point in his tenure coming against Westmeath. Egan came in for heavy criticism from supporters after giving up a 17-point lead against The Lake County before next claiming a famous 4-23 to 5-18 victory in a chaotic game at Wexford Park versus Kilkenny.
The result and performance, while wholly appreciated at the time due to sustaining Wexford’s Leinster status, may not be enough to keep in Egan in the hot seat. The league was also a considerable disappointment with The Yellowbellies only managing one win.
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A County Committee meeting was held on the night of 27 June 2023, the primary purpose of which was to agree the next steps in respect of the appointment of a Senior Hurling Manager for next year. As one of the stakeholders in the process, members of the Senior Hurling panel were in attendance at the meeting and they provided an outline of their views on the 2023 season.
In looking forward to 2024, the players set out that they felt that Darragh Egan should be afforded an opportunity to put forward a clear action plan for 2024 based on learnings and feedback from the review of the 2023 season, so as to provide a clear basis upon which a decision on Senior Hurling Manager for 2024 could be made.
In what was a very positive meeting, with engagement from all delegates, it was unanimously agreed by County Committee that the current review process continue and that the findings and output of it be presented to County Committee no later than 18 July 2023.
Listen back as Wexford found themselves fighting to retain their position in the Leinster Championship.