Sunday 21 January 2018

Walsh puts future aside to focus on junior glory

Walsh is being coy on his future
Walsh is being coy on his future

John Fallon

Sligo boss Kevin Walsh -- the firm favourite to take over from Joe Kernan in his native Galway -- will not decide on his future until after the All-Ireland junior final later this month.

Walsh and his senior selectors Paul Taylor, Paul Durcan and Dessie Sloyan are also in charge of the Sligo junior side who defeated Louth on Monday to qualify for the All-Ireland final.

Sligo's only All-Ireland football title came in the junior grade way back in 1935 and Walsh knows it will be a huge opportunity to end the year on a high against either Kerry or Lancashire -- who meet in the other semi-final this weekend.

Sligo are keen to keep Walsh for a third season, but the double All-Ireland winner has been installed as the bookies' even-money favourite to take charge of the Tribesmen.

But Walsh is refusing to get involved in the speculation and is firmly focusing on the All-Ireland junior final.

"That's my sole concern at the moment. It is an opportunity for Sligo to win an All-Ireland and I will be putting all my effort into helping achieve that.

"We can turn our attention to next year after that, but for now all focus is on that match," said Walsh.

Kernan decided to step down as Galway manager after he was told he would not be able to have two of his back-room team for next year.

Galway Football Board chairman John Joe Holleran confirmed after the meeting that cutting costs was the reason behind asking Kernan to remove two of his management team and replace them with locally-based coaches.

"We would not be in a position to sustain that really. The cost of travel and the cost of everything is a big issue. We felt we just wouldn't be able to do that.

"We'd have no problem with Joe himself continuing on again, but we had hoped that the others could have been locals," said Holleran.

Irish Independent

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