Waterford FC have unveiled Noel Hunt as their new player/assistant manager ahead of tonight’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division game against Cork City at Turners Cross. Hunt has left Wigan to join the Blues on an 18-month contract, but he won’t be eligible to play for the Blues until the transfer window opens on July 1.
With Blues manager Alan Reynolds ruled out of the dugout as he continues to recover after suffering an “unprovoked” attack in Tramore over the course of last weekend, Hunt will join Paul Cashin, Fran Rockett and Dirk Heinen as the backroom team for the trip to Leeside which gets underway at 7.45pm.
Speaking at a press conference at the RSC this morning Noel Hunt said, “It’s delighted to be back in Waterford and it’s a new chapter for me in my career. I think that it’s the right path for me and it’s one that I’m looking forward to. I’m hoping to hit the ground running and that starts tonight against Cork City.
“It’s going to be a very difficult one for us against Cork and we’re missing a couple of bodies as well. We’re going to go down there, and we’re got a very good game plan. We’ll take it as one game at a time and we’ll see where it takes us.
“I don’t think that the circumstances of the past week have been helpful with what happened the manager but it is what it is and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s great to be working alongside the likes of Fran Rockett and Paul Cashin before I can look at playing in July.”
You can read an in-depth interview with Noel Hunt and the views of Waterford FC General Manager Jack Power in Tuesday’s Waterford Sport in the Waterford News & Star.