Monday 23 September 2019

Former team-mates Pádraic Joyce and John Divilly favourites to land Galway job

Galway Under-20 manager Padraic Joyce
Galway Under-20 manager Padraic Joyce

Conor McKeon

FORMER Galway team mates Pádraic Joyce and John Divilly have inevitably been installed as the favourites to succeed Kevin Walsh as their county’s senior football manager after confirmation of his decision to step aside was confirmed this morning.

However, the hope in Galway is that the pair could be part of the same sideline ticket having worked together with the Tribesmen’s Under 20 team this year.

Joyce was the lead man in a managerial team that also included Divilly, Mick Culhane, John Concannon and former Galway senior boss and renowned coach, Liam Sammon.

Under their watch, Galway won a 19th Connacht title, beating Mayo by six points in the provincial decider.

Subsequently they were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by Dublin.

That Under 20 job represented the first significant step into management for Joyce, a key member of Galway's Sam Maguire winning teams of 1998 and 2001.

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Divilly has established a strong reputation as a manager in his own right at third level, managing UCD to Sigerson Cup wins in 2016 and ’18.

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Former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is also a candidate, given his link to Corofin.

Rochford, who managed Mayo to All-Ireland finals in 2016 and ’17 before taking a coaching role with Donegal this year under Declan Bonner, won an All-Ireland club title with Corofin in ’16.

Galway last went outside their county boundaries in the hunt for a senior football manager in 2010, when Tomás Ó Flatharta was appointed to succeed Joe Kernan in a reign that lasted just one season.

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