Thursday 20 October 2016

Donoghue installed as favourite for Galway hurling job but Eamon O'Shea confirms he won't be joining him

Published 20/11/2015 | 02:30

Micheál Donoghue is favourite to land Galway job while Eamon O'Shea (inset) has ruled himself out
Micheál Donoghue is favourite to land Galway job while Eamon O'Shea (inset) has ruled himself out
Former Clarinbridge manager Micheal Donoghue

Micheál Donoghue has emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Anthony Cunningham as Galway hurling manager.

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And, as reported in today's Irish Independent, Eamon O'Shea will not be running for the job after he officially ruled himself out.

“I’m retired. In the same way as the four guys have retired, I’m retired. I won’t be getting involved," said O'Shea on Tipp FM.

Donoghue, who managed Clarinbridge to the All-Ireland club title in 2011, has shot to the top of the market as Galway prepare to fly to Boston for the AIG Fenway Classic against Dublin at the home of the famed Red Sox baseball team this weekend.

A three-man Galway management team - Damien Coleman, Malachy Hanley and Tex Callaghan - has been put in place but county board chairman Noel Treacy indicated to the Irish Independent yesterday that former Cork and Limerick boss Donal O'Grady could also have a role with them.

O'Grady is one of the architects of the Super 11s format which suits smaller venues like Fenway Park and will be part of the official touring party.

Galway County Board's four-man delegation will be led by Treacy, who had backed Cunningham to remain in place over the last eight weeks.

Treacy cast his vote in Cunningham's favour to extend his time in charge for a further two years after an initial management vote tied at 3-3 last year.

Galway's Management Committee met last night to formally begin the process of finding a successor to Cunningham. But they have not set themselves a strict time-frame to have a new man in place. "We're not going to rush it, we're obviously not in a great place and we have to get this right," said Treacy.

If recent activity with one local bookmaking firm is anything to go by, then Donoghue has support.

The sheer weight of bets being placed on Donoghue earlier this week forced bookmakers John Mulholland to close the book on the succession.

It is understood that the first 37 bets they took were on Donoghue, who has been extensively linked with the position with some speculation locally of a partnership with former Tipperary manager and coach Eamon O'Shea, who lives in the city. However, as reported in today's Irish Independent, O'Shea willl not be going back into management.

Ironically, O'Grady has been a 'troubleshooter' in two of the previous inter-county management positions he has filled with Cork in 2003 and Limerick in 2010 after player dissatisfaction with management in both counties.

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