Sport Hurling

Monday 29 May 2017

Murphy blasts Galway as he exits boss race

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway minor hurling manager Mattie Murphy has ruled himself out of contention to be the next senior manager if a vacancy arises.

Murphy, who guided the minors to another All-Ireland final on Sunday with an extra-time victory over Clare, has declared himself a non-runner.

Speaking on Sean Ban Breathnach's 'Sport an tSathairn' programme on Radio na Gaeltachta, Murphy admitted he would not want the "headache" involved in being the county's manager again.

Murphy has twice been the Tribesmen's senior manager and some see him as an obvious choice for a third stint as the Galway Hurling Board begin the process of a review this week after their disastrous All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Waterford.

John McIntyre has another year to run of a two-year extension to his original two-year term but is open to removal if the clubs and officers of Galway feel that is the best course of action.

Murphy's firm declaration of disinterest came as he admitted the last two managers should have "cleaned out" squads over the last few years.

"I was there twice before. I put my name in the hat three or four times and the people of Galway weren't happy to give me the job.

"I'm in my sixties now and I'm happy with my life. I won't be putting my hat into any competition from now on. I don't think I'd want that headache," said Murphy.

On the football front, Alan Mulholland, said he will consider the position if he is nominated for the senior job. Mulholland, who led Galway to the All-Ireland U-21 title this year, is strongly fancied to succeed Tomás Ó Flatharta, who was removed from the post on Friday after just 10 months in charge, while Sligo boss and former Galway midfielder Kevin Walsh is also expected to be short-listed.

"To be honest I was hoping to remain as U-21 manager next year and defend our crown," said Mulholland. "That was my focus and I was not expecting to have to deal with any issue about the senior job. If I'm nominated I will give it consideration but we will just have to wait and see what happens," said the Salthill/Knocknacarra clubman.

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