Monday 11 November 2019

Limerick legend Carey linked with Tribesmen role as Galway hurling manager search takes another twist

Former Limerick star could land Tribesmen job after leading Patrickswell to Shannonside title

Ciaran Carey is the latest to be linked with the position. Photo: Sportsfile
Ciaran Carey is the latest to be linked with the position. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin Breheny and Colm Keys

The ongoing intrigue surrounding the appointment of a Galway hurling manager has taken another turn, with Ciaran Carey the latest to be linked with the position.

Carey recently led Patrickswell to the Limerick hurling title and previously managed Kerry in 2016.

A three-time All-Star during an outstanding career with Limerick, his success with Patrickswell, who beat Na Piarsaigh in the final, increased his profile and it's understood that he is now very much on Galway's radar in their search for a replacement for Micheál Donoghue, who resigned in August.

Carey would be an interesting choice at a time of uncertainty in Galway following a disappointing championship, in which they failed to qualify for the All-Ireland stages.

They had planned the joint appointment of Franny Forde and Noel Larkin, who served as selectors to Donoghue. However, they declined the offer.

A four-man committee was then tasked with moving the process on. Two player representatives, believed to be David Burke and Padraig Mannion, are also involved.

Meanwhile, Liam Griffin has called for the introduction of a sin-bin to hurling, following football's lead at the weekend.

Griffin said it would be "holier than thou" to suggest that hurling wasn't affected by the same cynicism as football.

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"The great thing is that you don't have to put a fellow off. Ten minutes is a serious penalty in hurling and football, except that it could lead to teams who lose a player becoming more defensive in that period.

"I think it (football sin-bin) is a move in the right direction and if it is worth trying in football, it is worth trying in hurling.

"There was a very cynical off-the-ball foul (on Damien Reck) in last season's game between Galway and Wexford. It might not have been a red card but had the referee the option, it would certainly have been a black card.

"It was committed to prevent him from making space for himself. It was cynical play and we are not above being cynical. It would be holier than thou to suggest that we are," said the former Wexford manager, who will be inducted into the Gaelic Writers Association's Hall of Fame tonight.

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