Friday 15 November 2019

O'Neill a modern manager: Kearney

New Galway boss Shane O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile
New Galway boss Shane O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Jonathan Higgins

Galway chairman Pat Kearney doesn't believe Shane O'Neill's lack of intercounty management experience will be a problem after the Limerick man was confirmed as the county's new hurling manager.

"Everyone has to start somewhere, Michael Donoghue didn't have any intercounty experience when he took the Galway job," said Kearney. "Neither did Frank Lohan, Liam Cahill nor Eddie Brennan."

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Galway had been without a manager since Donoghue departed the role on August 20. It's been a saga which added further dark clouds over what has been a very forgettable year for Galway hurling at senior level.

"It was a long process, a lot longer than expected, but we were delighted to confirm Shane," Kearney added.

He described O' Neill as a "modern, innovative manager with an excellent CV, winning an All-Ireland club title and two Munster club titles".

A manager Kearney feels will afford the group the best possible chance of Liam MacCarthy success.

John Fitzgerald will be the coach and two Galway selectors to be chosen in the coming weeks. Potential candidates are believed to include Cathal Murray, Fergal Healy and Brendan Gantley

Team captain David Burke is also pleased with the appointment. Speaking after playing a starring role in St Thomas's SHC final he said: "It's been a positive week on all fronts, we need to move on now and build to next year and get ready for league."

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