Tuesday 20 February 2018

Cunningham and Donoghue will be on alert after comments from Cuala boss Kenny on inter-county management

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Cuala manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Look out, look out, Mattie's about. Ger Cunningham and Micheál Donoghue are busily working away with Dublin and Galway respectively, but both will surely have noted comments from Mattie Kenny about his future after presiding over Cuala's All-Ireland success.

The Galwayman also reminded everyone this week that he was involved with three U-21 teams that brought All-Ireland glory to his native county, before being with Anthony Cunningham and Tom Helebert when the seniors took Kilkenny to a replay in the 2012 All-Ireland final.

"There are 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. If the opportunity did come along, you'd have to take a long hard look at it. 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," said Kenny.

That sounds very much like a 'come and get me' call across the inter-county landscape and with his stock sky-high after Cuala's triumph, he is likely to be in demand at the end of this season. But where?

Dublin, where Cunningham is in this third year, and Galway, where Donoghue is in the second of a three-year term, know Kenny best. Seems like added pressure on Ger and Micheál. They'll hardly thank Kenny for that.

Irish Independent

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