Thursday 19 September 2019

Lynskey the front-runner to replace Donoghue but Tribe chiefs face testing times

 

Jeffrey Lynskey. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jeffrey Lynskey. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

The fallout from Micheál Donoghue's shock resignation as Galway senior hurling boss has rocked the county board as they are forced to go on an unexpected search to find his successor in the coming weeks.

Donoghue's replacement is expected to be named by Galway chiefs before the end of September but they are believed to be under fire from a number of the squad for the manner of his departure after leading them to the Liam MacCarthy just two years ago.

The Clarinbridge native was given a two-year contract extension before this year's Leinster SHC and looked set to guide them until at least 2021 before his shock departure on Tuesday night, when stating "the time is now right to hand on the opportunity to a new management team".

Galway chairman Pat Kearney said last month that Donoghue had "indicated he's staying on and he has been ratified for another two years", but they are instead looking for someone else to steer the ship forward.

System

Having brought the Galway minors to three All-Ireland titles in four years, Jeffrey Lynskey is the front-runner to manage the Tribesmen in 2020 after working his way up through the underage system in the county.

Mattie Kenny - who was pipped to the post by Donoghue when he took over following a player upheaval against Anthony Cunningham at the end of the 2015 season - would be favourite for the post were he not currently manager of Dublin, although his head may be turned.

All-Ireland-winning minor manager Brian Hanley, former minor and U-21 boss John Hardiman and former players Gerry McInerney and Justin Campbell are also likely to come into the mix as well as a host of high-profile outside candidates.

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Galway's last venture outside the county boundaries ended in disaster with Ger Loughnane's tumultuous two-year reign in 2007-'08, but former Dublin manager Anthony Daly and former Waterford boss Derek McGrath may come across Galway's radar.

Should Davy Fitzgerald decide to finish up with Leinster champions Wexford after three seasons in the sunny south-east, he would also be strongly linked with the vacancy.

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