Monday 20 January 2020

Kernan open to second Tribal term

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

JOE KERNAN looks set to decide next week whether he will continue with the Galway footballers for another season.

The former Armagh boss has given the strongest indication yet that he might be open to remaining on as manager, but wants to listen to the Galway County Board before committing to anything.

"I am taking a total break from the whole thing before I make my mind up. When we sit down, if they have a problem with it, we'll shake hands and I'll go away," Kernan said.

"But I'd like to stay on if everything is right and we'll go ahead with it again, because I don't think the last six months gave us a true picture of what has happened here in the last nine years since Galway last won the All-Ireland.

"If we are staying we'll have to do some better preparation, but I can say nothing until I sit down with the County Board and see what they feel. I know what the players feel -- the players are mad to go at it again.

"I'll probably have a chat next week sometime with my back-room team, but I'll meet the County Board first."

Defeats to Sligo and Wexford brought the curtain down on their championship campaign, but the absence of the likes of Padraic Joyce, Michael Meehan, Sean Armstrong and Nicky Joyce also took its toll on Galway's season.

"We never got a settled team out once all year. I was just hoping that if we got over the Sligo match and we got a settled team that you'd never know what might happen," Kernan added.

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"Should we have won those two matches? Of course we should, that is our fault. As team management we have to take that on the chin, that's our fault. But a lot of things have obviously gone wrong in the last eight or nine years and Galway have not been successful and we have to look at that."

Elsewhere, Cian O'Sullivan looks unlikely to play any part for Dublin in Saturday's clash with Louth. The Kilmacud Crokes star had been edging towards match fitness after damaging a hamstring but this weekend's match comes too soon for the centre-back.

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