Wednesday 21 August 2019

Wexford football has been 'crying out' for Galvin appointment


Galvin: Going into management. Photo: Sportsfile
Galvin: Going into management. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Wexford's footballers have been "crying out for a different direction" and the appointment of Paul Galvin as Model senior football boss could be just the shot in the arm that the county side needs, according to chairman Derek Kent.

The announcement of the former Kerry star as Wexford manager - subject to ratification next month - has taken most people by surprise given that his coaching experience has been predominantly limited to working with The Underdogs but Kent feels it is a "calculated appointment".

Having sat down with the former Footballer of the Year several times in recent weeks, Kent was blown away by his enthusiasm for the role and expects his arrival to help boost the footballers' plight after some time in the doldrums.

"Wexford football is crying out for a different direction and it has been for a number of years. We tried a couple of things in Wexford, we weren't successful but it's not that long ago that we were in an All-Ireland football semi-final (2008)," Kent said.

"Wexford football is not in that bad of a place but it needs a lift and a character like Paul Galvin certainly will give it a lift. We're happy to have him on board. After meeting Paul three or four times and seeing the process and great detail he has put into what he has seen in Wexford, we're in good hands.

"His knowledge of the game and his enthusiasm and vision going forward surprised me and I felt like he has been involved in management for the last ten years. We're happy and the only way is up.

"Paul's character will help to get more lads involved in Wexford football and that's what we need, we need to promote football in Wexford."

Promotion from Division 4 of the league will be "the initial requirement" with Kent confident that Galvin's backroom team of "ex-county managers and trainers" can help lead them forward.

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Kent also outlined that there will be no decision made on the future of Wexford hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald until next month at the latest as they digest their heartbreaking All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Tipperary last Sunday.

Fitzgerald's future may be up in the air but Páraic Fanning yesterday departed from the Waterford hurlers after just one year at the helm following a disastrous Munster campaign which saw them suffer four successive defeats.

Fanning's likely replacement is yet unknown but it could leave the door open for Derek McGrath to return to the post.

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