Friday 23 February 2018

Galway GAA chiefs look to mediator to solve hurling crisis

Anthony Cunningham has indicated he wants to stay in charge of the Galway team
Anthony Cunningham has indicated he wants to stay in charge of the Galway team

John Fallon

The Galway hurling row looks set to rumble on into the winter with GAA officials in the county now seeking to appoint a mediator in a bid to resolve the dispute.

The draw for the 2016 championship may be taking place this (THURS) evening but it looks like it could be some time before it is established who will be in charge of the All-Ireland finalists next season.

Neither manager Anthony Cunningham or the players who have passed a vote of no confidence in him show any sign of backing down and both now appear to have dug in for the long haul.

GAA officials in the county, who unanimously reappointed Cunningham for a fifth season two weeks ago, have still not come out in support of him since the dispute began.

Instead, a meeting of the Galway GAA management committee last (WED) night decided to appoint a mediator in an effort to find a resolution to the dispute which has divided the county.

“The management committee met last night to review the current impasse between the 2015 senior hurling panel and the current senior hurling management team.

“The committee is cognisant of the view that both sides wishes to ensure that Galway has a cohesive and harmonious panel for 2016, based on the positive progress and achievements of the past year. “Accordingly the committee has decided to seek an independent mediator in order to resolve this impasse.

“The Galway GAA management committee will do all in its power to bring this matter to a positive conclusion, as quickly as possible,” said a statement from Galway GAA.

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