Monday 24 July 2017

Galway County Board to hold crisis meeting with Anthony Cunningham after player heave

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham
Galway manager Anthony Cunningham
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway County Board officials will meet with hurling manager Anthony Cunningham later tonight to discuss the impasse over re-appointment earlier this week.

Board officials met with player representatives on Saturday night to hear their concerns and opposition, it seems, to Cunningham staying on for a fifth year.

The players are understood to have passed a vote of no confidence in Cunningham at a meeting to discuss a team holiday seven days earlier.

The outcome of their vote as conveyed to Cunningham in person by a number of players the following day.

But the Galway Board went ahead and ratified Cunningham and football manager Kevin Walsh at a scheduled meeting on Monday night last.

Whether or not the players made their feelings known to the Board in advance of that meeting is unclear.

However the unrest in the dressing-room was conveyed to Board officials last night and they will now hear from Cunningham himself before deciding on the next step.

The Board are hoping that they can quickly iron out the difficulties that have arisen but if the players are resolute enough it would be hard to see Cunningham remain on in the circumstances.

Cunningham is the first Galway manager since Cyril Farrell to guide Galway to two All-Ireland finals, both of which they have lost to Kilkenny.

He has been in charge since late 2011 when he took over from John McIntyre.

They had a very disappointing League campaign earlier this year after which an erosion of faith in the management manifested at a team meeting.

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