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Cunningham to take the reins at Galway

Published 27/10/2011 | 05:00

Anthony Cunningham. Photo: Sportsfile
Anthony Cunningham. Photo: Sportsfile

Anthony Cunningham will tonight be named as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

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The 46-year old will take charge of the Tribesmen for the next three seasons. Cunningham, who guided Galway to the All-Ireland U-21 title this season, will be joined by Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny on his management team.

A meeting of the Galway hurling board has been called for this evening, when delegates will be asked to ratify the appointment of Cunningham.

The St Thomas clubman was the choice of the seven-man committee, who met on Tuesday night to make a final decision, getting the nod ahead of Portumna boss Johnny Kelly and former Clarinbridge manager Micheal Donoghue.

Cunningham had a spell in charge of the Roscommon hurlers before turning his attention to football management and he had huge success with St Brigid's of Roscommon and, more recently, with Garrycastle in Westmeath.

He captained Galway to their first All-Ireland minor title in 1983, and skippered them to win the U-21 crown in 1986.

The only other Galway man to lead the county to a brace of All-Ireland titles is Conor Hayes, who captained the victorious senior teams in 1987 and '88 which featured Cunningham at corner-forward.

Hayes was the last Galway native to manage the Tribesmen, having been replaced after the 2006 championship by former Clare boss Ger Loughnane before ex-Tipperary defender John McIntyre took charge three seasons ago.

Elsewhere, Monaghan hurlers are looking for a new manager after Frank Brady decided to step down after four years in charge.

The Galway native, who has lived in Monaghan for the past 22 years, led the side to a brace of Division 4 titles during his term in charge.

"I have enjoyed my time in charge and it was great to win a couple of titles. We made progress but it is time to move on," said Brady.

Meanwhile, Moyle Rovers will represent Tipperary in the Munster senior club football championship as county final opponents Thomas McDonaghs have been deemed ineligible to compete in the provincial competition.

Irish Independent

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