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Kelly calls in Keady to boost bid

Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00

GALWAY'S new hurling manager is expected to be in place next Monday following interviews with the three candidates this week.

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The expected inclusion of former Hurler of the Year Tony Keady and ex-Antrim manager Dinny Cahill in his back-room team is believed to have strengthened the bid of Portumna boss Johnny Kelly.

Anthony Cunningham, who led the county's U-21s to All-Ireland glory this year, has been the long-time favourite to succeed John McIntyre, particularly as his proposed management team also includes Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny. But after the emergence of two other nominees, Cunningham could face a stiff late challenge.

Cahill previously worked as a selector and coach with Kelly in Portumna -- the pair took the club to back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2008 and '09.

He has a wealth of inter-county experience, most recently with Antrim, and the inclusion of Keady would further strengthen their management bid.

Micheal Donoghue, who led Clarinbridge to All-Ireland club glory last year, is another contender and he is believed to have Eamonn O'Shea among his proposed back-room team. O'Shea played a key role as coach/selector for Tipperary's seniors when Liam Sheedy led them to All-Ireland victory in 2010.

Interviews for the position are taking place this week and the new boss is expected to be proposed to a meeting of the county Hurling Board next Monday night and given a three-year term, to be reviewed after two seasons.

Galway won both the All-Ireland U-21 hurling and football titles this year and have already appointed Alan Mulholland, who managed their underage footballers, to succeed Tomas O Flatharta as their new senior football manager.

Irish Independent

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