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Rainbow set to join Carlow's backroom

FORMER Kildare stalwart Anthony Rainbow is set to join Carlow's senior football management team.

The Suncroft man -- who only retired from inter-county playing duty before the start of last season -- will be ratified by the Carlow board tomorrow night as Luke Dempsey attempts to shake up his management ticket after agreeing to a fourth year at the helm on Barrowisde.

Dempsey led Carlow to their most successful summer in some time in 2011 after defeating Louth to make the semi-final of the Leinster championship.

However, after a review with the county board, he agreed to change his backroom team.

Rainbow will join Suncroft clubmate Wayne Middleton in the setup after the latter agreed to become the team's trainer.

In Laois, Justin McNulty, will undergo similar reconstruction work to his management team after parting company with ex-Galway player Paul Clancy.

John Mulligan, who managed Portlaoise to four of their five Laois titles in a row before stepping down this year, is expected to be part of the rejigged bench, joining Donie Norton as homegrown selectors for next year.

Galway, meanwhile, are still weighing up the three candidates for the vacant senior hurling job after postponing the meeting at which John McIntyre's successor was due to be named.

The seven-man committee charged with filling the role has asked for more time to choose their appointee, with three candidates -- All-Ireland U21-winning manager Anthony Cunningham, Clarinbridge boss Michael Donoghue and Portumna coach Johnny Kelly -- still in the running.

"The most important thing with this appointment is to get it right," said hurling board chairman Joe Byrne.

"We're just being very thorough when it comes to selecting the next senior manager.

"Last Thursday night we called a meeting of delegates which was to take place last night but it was felt that as of yesterday at 12pm, we were not in a position to propose a candidate to delegates."