Saturday 17 March 2018

O Flatharta takes Galway reins after fiery meeting

New Galway manager Tomas O Flatharta. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
New Galway manager Tomas O Flatharta. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

John Fallon

Tomas O Flatharta was last night appointed as the new Galway football manager -- but only after a contentious board meeting, with some delegates angry about the manner in which the appointment was handled.

O Flatharta, who was not present last night, was eventually proposed and seconded after a heated meeting, which went on for over an hour before delegates voted by 33-6 to offer the job to him.

O Flatharta, who will appoint his selectors in the coming weeks, has been appointed for a three-year term with an annual review.

In a day of surprise activity on the managerial front, delegates in Galway were hastily contacted yesterday afternoon to assemble in Claregalway last night to rubber-stamp the appointment of the Kerryman.

There was speculation that Peter Warren, a selector with John O'Mahony in the All-Ireland wins of 1998 and 2001, was to be appointed. The former Tuam Stars player received messages of congratulations before he was told he was unsuccessful.

It emerged yesterday afternoon that O Flatharta was the choice of the five-man selection sub-committee.

O Flatharta will take over from Joe Kernan as Galway appoint their fourth manager since 2007.

He was one of four candidates interviewed for the position, with Galway minor manager Gerry Fahy and Annaghdown club boss Matt Duggan also considered.

O Flatharta will have a baptism of fire in the championship, where Galway open with a Connacht semi-final clash against Mayo, presuming James Horan's first match does not end in a shock defeat away to London.

O Flatharta shot to prominence when he played a key part as Paidi O Se guided Westmeath to their first ever Leinster title in 2004.

He took charge of the Lake County when O Se departed and stayed as manager until last year.

Irish Independent

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