Thursday 19 September 2019

Kenny sticking with Dublin despite Galway speculation

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Dublin hurling manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin hurling manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Mattie Kenny has confirmed that he will remain as Dublin hurling manager for 2020, ending speculation that he could be the next Galway boss.

Kenny had been linked with the vacant Galway manager's job in recent days following the surprise departure of Micheál Donoghue.

However, when contacted by Irish Independent and asked about the post, Kenny reiterated his commitment to Dublin, having accepted a three-year term from the county board last November.

After a year in which Dublin were promoted from Division 1B and made the All-Ireland knockout stages following victory over Galway in Parnell Park, they suffered a surprise loss to Laois in the preliminary quarter-final.

Despite that, Kenny's first season in charge was deemed hugely progressive and his continued stewardship of the team is a considerable boost to the squad.

Favourites Kenny, who managed Cuala to back-to-back All-Ireland club titles in 2017 and '18, was immediately installed as one of the favourites to take over from Donoghue following the latter's shock announcement on Tuesday night that he was stepping down after four years in role.

Jeffrey Lynskey, who won three minor All-Irelands with Galway in the last four years, has also been heavily linked to the job.

Elsewhere, Derek McGrath has ruled out a return to the Waterford hurling hot seat following the departure of Pádraic Fanning after one season. Former Waterford defender Peter Queally - a selector under Davy Fitzgerald during his Déise reign and previously U-21 boss - is the front-runner to fill the vacancy having been beaten to the position by McGrath six years ago.

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