Friday 24 November 2017

Give next Galway boss time -- Joyce

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

HAVING started his own recruitment company, Galway star Padraic Joyce knows a thing or two about making the right appointment and he wants the county's next manager, almost certainly Alan Mulholland, to be given "three or four years" to restore the Connacht side as a force.

Mulholland looks set to be given the nod shortly after the only other candidate for the job, former Offaly manager Gerry Fahy, withdrew from the running.

Fahy also put his name forward 12 months ago when Tomas O Flatharta was appointed and decided against letting his name go forward again.

Previously, Billy Joyce (Padraic's uncle) and Kevin Walsh had also distanced themselves from the job, meaning Mulholland, who guided the county's stylish U-21 side to an All-Ireland title earlier this year and delivered a minor title in 2007, is set to become the county's fourth manager in as many years.

O Flatharta was given just one season in charge, while former All-Ireland-winning manager Joe Kernan, who was appointed for 2010, was also in charge for less than 12 months and Joyce believes the new manager will need longer.

"It's usually done by the end of September or early October in time for the county final," Joyce said.

"The only feeling I'd have is managers should be left there for three or four years and be given a chance to develop the young lads that are there.

"It's very hard for a manager to come in and win it in a year. It's unheard of in the GAA. These things don't happen. It takes them a while to settle in.

"You'd be very lucky to come in, win it in one year and then head off. Whoever gets the job, should have a bit of continuity," added Joyce, who was speaking at the launch of a new GAA scheme which will see The Croke Park Hotel and Croke Park Conference Centre give a 5pc rebate on accommodation and pre-booked food to a club of your choice

"You saw Dublin, they won it. Two or three years ago they were getting out of Leinster handy enough, but were well off in terms of winning an All-Ireland. It can change in a couple of years, but not six or 12 months."

While Galway have enjoyed some success at underage level recently, the senior side have endured some barren years and Joyce knows Galway will have to embrace the more defensive trends that have emerged in Gaelic football in recent seasons if they are to compete.

"It's easy to see (where Galway stand). We were knocked out in early July, so we'd be well down the pecking order in terms of winning the All-Ireland at the minute.

"Galway don't really (play defensively), but that's the way the game has gone and it's evolving every year. If it was 6-2-6 every year you'd be looking at the most natural team to win it each time and that, probably, would be Kerry.

"But the game is changing and you have to adapt to what teams are doing. Donegal got a lot of stick, but I know Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher quite well and they are great football men.


"You can't blame them for what they did. They played to their strengths as much as they could and if Colm McFadden had scored the goal after half-time (against Dublin), they'd have been in the final and there'd be no one complaining then."

Commitments to PJ Personnel mean Joyce has yet to make a decision on whether he'll be involved in 2012. He recently underwent surgery on an Achilles injury and the 34-year-old, who made his debut in 1998, is still considering his options.

"I have no decision made. I'm very busy working for myself at the minute. I'll wait and see. There'll be nothing announced until January or February. Then again, the new manager could have different plans, so I could be staying at home, too."

Irish Independent

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