Friday 20 April 2018

Final curtain now looms in Galway for Cunningham

Anthony Cunningham
Anthony Cunningham

John Fallon

The reign of Anthony Cunningham as Galway hurling manager could end this evening as a player heave finally reaches a conclusion.

GAA officials met in Galway last night in a bid to establish the state of play, but with players refusing to back down it now seems likely that Cunningham's term in charge will come to an end.

Cunningham was reappointed two weeks ago without objection by the hurling and county committee but then it emerged that there was a dissent among the players.

Players are adamant that they conveyed their discontent to Cunningham prior to his reappointment but a senior Galway official said that he was not asked to resign and that his offer of stepping down was refused by the players' group.

Several meetings between the parties failed to reach a conclusion last week but with the county committee not coming out in support of a manager they reappointed two weeks ago, it seems that Cunningham's term will end.

GAA officials will meet this evening and it's anticipated this could result in the manager, who guided them to two All-Ireland final appearances in his four seasons at the helm, no longer being in charge.

Cunningham was in attendance at some of the Galway SHC quarter-finals at the weekend when the saga was the main topic of discussion among supporters.

Elsewhere, reports in Australia are indicating that Tipperary U-21 football star Colin O'Riordan has signed a two-year rookie contract with Sydney Swans.

Irish Independent

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