Thursday 18 January 2018

Galway hurling row rumbles on as mediation process fails to reach agreement

Anthony Cunningham
Anthony Cunningham
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The mediation process to find a solution to the ongoing impasse between the Galway hurling squad and the senior team management has concluded without progress being made.

Galway County Board met last night to to hear an update on any progress in a bid to find common ground.

Members of the Galway squad, which lost the All-Ireland hurling final to Kilkenny in September, informed the Galway Board in early October that they had lost confidence in the management.

A Galway statement outlined that efforts to find resolution had failed.

"The mediation process has concluded and the Independent Mediator has determined that despite best efforts there was little, if no, possibility of the parties reaching common agreement, on the substantive issue.

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"At this stage all reasonable efforts have been made to resolve the impasse," the statement read.

Galway County Board will meet again on Monday evening to decide whether to back manager Anthony Cunningham and his team, who they have already ratified for 2016, and risk the potential for some players to walk away. 

"All of us appreciate how difficult this situation has been, not least for the our Players, the Management Team and their families. We are hopeful that the matter will be concluded on Monday next so that we can begin to rebuild and look to the hurling season ahead, with confidence," the statement continued.

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