With just four teams left in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, the hiring and firing season in hurling is about to get underway.

Here, RTÉ Sport takes a look at the eleven managers that guided teams in the race for this year's All-Ireland and rates the chances of them still being in charge for the 2020 campaign.

Limerick
John Kiely - safe

There are few safer managers in any sport. Kiely has led Limerick to the last three major trophies available to them – All-Ireland, league and Munster – and he's aiming to land a fourth with back-to-back Liam MacCarthy cups.

Davy Fitz celebrates with Conor McDonald

Wexford
Davy Fitzgerald – safe, but leaving?
Another man who’s safe following a rare Leinster championship triumph for Wexford. Beating Kilkenny in the final made it all the better for Davy Fitz, his team and their supporters. There are whispers, however, that this will be his last season in the south east.

Kilkenny
Brian Cody – safest of the safe

There’s no one safer in his position, not even Kiely. He is in his 21st season in charge and Brian Cody has a job for life in Kilkenny given all that he has won and done. Knocking old enemies Cork out at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage last weekend shows that this team’s transition is happening smoothly.

Tipp boss Liam Sheedy

Tipperary
Liam Sheedy - safe

Sheedy is back for his second stint in charge with the sole aim of winning an All-Ireland, something he did with Tipp in 2010. If he doesn’t achieve that in the first year, it doesn’t matter – the job is his in 2020 if he wants it.

Cork
John Meyler – on the way?

Meyler’s two-year deal ran out with quarter-final defeat to the Cats and it doesn’t look like he’ll seek another term. Won a Munster and came so close to making an All-Ireland final last year, 2019 was a disappointment by comparison.

Laois
Eddie Brennan – safe

Eddie Brennan is an honorary Laois man and he’ll be keen to build on this year’s progress in 2020. Laois stayed in the league top flight, won the Joe McDonagh Cup and took the scalp of Dublin on their way to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Mattie Kenny speaks to the media

Dublin
Mattie Kenny – safe, but under pressure

What should have been a positive season, making the Division 1 play-offs, beating Galway and reaching the All-Ireland knock-out stages, was ruined by a shock defeat to Laois in the preliminary quarter-final. He’ll be in charge next year, but he’s starting on the back foot.

Galway
Micheál Donoghue – safe

The job is his next season if he wants it. Galway’s season ended with disappointment when they were eliminated at the group stage in Leinster, but he has more than enough credit in the bank following 2017’s All-Ireland win and last year’s appearance in the final.

Clare
Donal Maloney & Gerry O’Connor – question marks

The Banner County’s joint-managers have reached the end of their current deal and no indication of their intention for the future has been given. Last year’s All-Ireland semi-final appearance, ending in defeat after a replay to Galway, was a high-point, though overall progress was slow.

Flying high - Colm Bonnar

Carlow
Colm Bonnar – safe

The Tipperary man seems committed to the Carlow project and it’s hard to imagine that Carlow want to see the back of him. Kept the team in Division 1 for 2020 and they put in creditable performances in Leinster ahead of their inevitable relegation back down to the Joe McDonagh Cup.

Waterford
Páraic Fanning – safe

It was a difficult first year in charge for Fanning. The league offered promise, even if it did end in final defeat to Limerick, but the Munster championship was far more difficult and ended with four defeats from four. There is an understanding though that there is no quick fix to Waterford’s issues.