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'Outside' boss not good for Galway

GALWAY look increasingly certain to shop local for a new senior football manager in succession to Alan Mulholland.

County board chairman Noel Treacy went on local radio yesterday and voiced his belief that an outside manager would not be "good" for Galway. That comment will further fuel local suspicions that Galway GAA chiefs have their eyes trained on the county's two-time All-Ireland winning midfield talisman, Kevin Walsh - the former Sligo boss is being quoted by Paddy Power as the clear 1/2 favourite for the vacancy.

"We have the culture in Galway and the traditional value system in Galway football that makes it eminently suitable for a Galway person based in the county to manage our team," Treacy said. "I would hope to see a Galway person in charge because I don't think it's good for the county to be going outside the county - though we did it before with great success with John O'Mahony."

Mulholland, who led Galway to All-Ireland minor success in 2007 and an U21 title four years later, declined the option of extending his senior tenure for a fourth season. "I do feel a breakthrough is going to come very soon and it is a very hard thing to hand it over," he told Galway Bay FM. "But you can't be selfish about these things, you can't hold onto them just because you've done a lot of work over the last while."

Walsh - currently managing local senior club Míchéal Breathnach - is the early frontrunner to succeed the Salthill-based bookmaker. He is followed in the betting by Alan Flynn, who masterminded last year's All-Ireland U21 triumph and is now being quoted as a 4/1 shot by Paddy Power.