Monday 19 March 2018

Kelly out of the running to replace Cunningham in Galway

Johnny Kelly: Out of the running. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Johnny Kelly: Out of the running. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney

Last year's Galway U-21 hurling manager Johnny Kelly has pulled out of the running to replace Anthony Cunningham as the county's senior manager.

Kelly, who led Portumna to All-Ireland club glory and Coolderry to this year's Offaly title, says he thinks the Galway job needs a different man than himself at this point in time, but that he wishes the new manager all the best.

Interviews for the vacant position are expected to be held in the coming days with Cunningham's former assistant Mattie Kenny and ex-Clarinbridge manager Micheál Donohue the favourites for the position.

John Hardiman, himself a former Galway minor and U-21 manager, withdrew his name from the race earlier this week, while Roscommon manager Justin Campbell and Gerry McInerney are still in the running.

"For me, I'm probably more suited to a coaching role than management. It's a very different role and that's what needed in Galway," said Kelly.

"I won't be going any further, we'll let the other lads off and see how it goes. I wish the very best of luck to whoever they pick. I think I would prefer to stick to the coaching side of things for the minute," said Kelly.

Kelly has been a revelation with Coolderry this year and led them to a first Offaly senior crown in four years, while he also guided Galway intermediate side Abbeyknockmoy to their first Connacht title in recent weeks.

Irish Independent

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