Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny open to Galway job and admits he's unsure of his future with the club

Mattie Kenny
Mattie Kenny

Jack O'Toole

All-Ireland winning Cuala manager Mattie Kenny admits that he's unsure of his future with the Dalkey club just 10 days after his side lifted the Tommy Moore Cup at Croke Park.

Kenny, who took over as Cuala manager in January 2014 after several years with both the Galway senior sides and U21 teams, insists that he's enjoying his time with Cuala but that he would be open to the Galway job if it was offered to him.

"I was involved with Galway with three U-21 setups, we won three All-Ireland U-21 titles at different stages," Kenny told the GAA website on Monday.

"The last of them was in 2011. Anthony Cunningham, Tom Helebert and myself were involved with Galway. We took over in the senior squad in 2012, we lost the final then to Kilkenny, and in 2013 we lost the quarter-final to Clare.

"At that stage, I'd put a number of years into Galway and between a number of things, I took a step away from it. It's a huge undertaking. It's something you have to see how it fits in with your work and your career and your family.

"There's days when you're up in Croke Park, it's an All-Ireland final and you're saying that you'd love to be a part of that.

"But if the opportunity did come along you'd have to take a long hard look at it. It is a huge commitment. It's not something I've to worry about at the moment or be able to answer at the moment. There's something in all of us that says you'd love to be involved in something like that."

Kenny is currently back involved with Cuala as the Dalkey club took to Shankhill on Sunday for a league game with Crumlin.

Cuala won the fixture handily, 3-30 to 2-12, and while Kenny insists that the game was a good fixture for his side to get back into the rhythm of playing again, he also acknowledged that he and the rest of his coaching staff will have to sit down soon to discuss their future with the club.

"We haven't discussed it yet, to be honest," added Kenny. "Last week, everyone just took some time off to chill out and enjoy the experience we've come through. So as a management team, we need to sit down and have a good discussion around where we go from here.

"The (league) game came up Sunday morning so we had to get together for that and the draw for the 2017 senior championship has been made now, so we're playing Ballyboden in the first round of the championship. That's in four weeks' time. One season runs into another season very quickly.

"We'll have to sit down this week to be fair to everyone. Last week, it was hard to get people to sit down. The future, look, we're still looking in the rear-view mirror as to what happened on Paddy's Day. But this week we'll have to sit down definitely and see where we go from here."

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