Mick O’Dwyer looks set to take over as manager of the Clare senior footballers at a county board meeting next week.

Speculation in the last number of weeks had linked the Waterville legend to the post and he now looks poised to succeed Micheal McDermott in what will be his sixth stint as an inter-county manager.

Clare will begin 2013 in Division 4 of the Allianz League and will be expected to challenge for promotion.

In the summer they will face either Limerick or Cork in the Munster SFC semi-final.

O’Dwyer’s last job in management was with Wicklow from 2006-2011 and there he enjoyed some notable championship victories.

He guided his native Kerry to eight All-Ireland wins between 1975 and 1986, while his spells with Kildare and Laois saw overdue provincial success and an All-Ireland final appearance for the former.

O’Dwyer will turn 77 by the time Clare make their championship bow next June.