Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sligo hoping Walsh will resist the lure of Galway

SLIGO will be anxiously monitoring developments in Galway following Joe Kernan’s departure, but remain hopeful that Kevin Walsh will remain on as team manager, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.

Walsh, who led the Sligo senior squad to promotion in successive seasons, is also managing the junior team which has qualified for the All-Ireland final. They will play Kerry or Warwickshire in the decider later this month.

Walsh would be a popular choice in his native Galway to succeed Kernan, but Sligo are extremely anxious that he continues with them.

Sligo County Board chairman John Murphy said that they already had preliminary discussions with Walsh, who is due to meet his backroom team shortly.

“It’s certainly our wish that Kevin stays with us. He did an excellent job for the past two years and while it was disappointing to lose the Connacht final, we were promoted for the second successive year and will be in Division 2 next season. Sligo are very much on the right track and we want Kevin to remain an important part of it,” said Murphy.

Walsh’s managerial stock rose dramatically this year as Sligo won the Division 3 title and then beat Mayo and Galway in the championship. It was the first time they had beaten Connacht’s ‘Big Two’ in the one championship campaign.

Roscommon beat Sligo in the Connacht final, after which the Yeats County were well beaten by Down following a six-day turnaround to the qualifier tie.

However, there’s huge optimism in Sligo that they can continue to make considerable progress next year and want Walsh to be a major influence on it.

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