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Sunday 20 April 2014

O'Mahony backs Joyce to become top boss

Galway legend Padraic Joyce has said he intends to go into management and the man who gave him his big break 15 years ago believes that the former All Star will make an outstanding coach.

While Joyce (35) has no immediate plans to move into a managerial role, he hopes to do so in a few years' time, after bringing the curtain down on a glittering playing career this week.

And former Galway manager John O'Mahony, who gave Joyce his championship debut in 1998 in a campaign which ended in All-Ireland glory, believes that the Killererin clubman would make a great team boss.

"He is one of the most astute footballers I have ever met. He can see things on the field a fraction ahead of everyone else," said O'Mahony, who was an instant success in charge of the Tribesmen in 1998 and led them to All-Ireland glory again three years later.

"I hope he goes into coaching as he has a wealth of knowledge to pass on and he could enjoy a management career every bit as good as the one he had as a player, and that's something."

Joyce's brother Tommie, who played alongside him for Galway and Killererin, has already successfully made the switch into management, having taken charge of a few clubs and the Tribesmen minors for the past two years, and Padraic would like to give it a go at some future point.

"It's not an option right now because of work and family but it is something I would like to try in a few years," said Joyce, who is unlikely to continue playing with Killererin, although he has not made a final decision on this just yet.

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