Saturday 21 September 2019

Galway facing chaos with Walsh ready to walk away

Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Galway could be plunged into chaos in the coming days with Kevin Walsh expected to walk away from his role as senior football boss, just two weeks after his hurling counterpart Micheál Donoghue vacated his post.

It is understood that Walsh has weighed up his position after a disappointing campaign and will step away from the Tribesmen after five years at the helm.

Should the two-time All-Ireland-winning midfielder part ways, it would leave Galway in dire straits as they will be forced to fill high-profile hurling and football vacancies heading into the winter.

All-Ireland-winning hurling chief Donoghue departed amid rumours of a poor relationship with Galway county board chiefs and Walsh's resignation would place even more pressure on the Tribe hierarchy.

Style

Walsh's style of play - where huge emphasis was placed on defence - drew the ire of many Galway fans in recent seasons but he took them from a low base in September 2014 and brought two Connacht titles ('16 and '18) as they broke the dominance of old rivals Mayo.

Last year was the highlight of his reign as they pushed Dublin close in a Division One League final before claiming provincial honours and making a rare All-Ireland semi-final appearance.

Things went backwards this season, however, as they let a significant lead slip against Roscommon to suffer Connacht final heartbreak before Mayo knocked them out of the All-Ireland race in the Qualifiers.

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Early favourites to replace Walsh are former Mayo boss Stephen Rochford, U-21 manager Pádraic Joyce as well as UCD Sigerson boss John Divilly.

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