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Kevin Walsh in pole position for Galway football job as Joyce a non-runner

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Kevin Walsh spent five years managing Sligo and is the front-runner for the vacant Galway post. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Walsh spent five years managing Sligo and is the front-runner for the vacant Galway post. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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Kevin Walsh spent five years managing Sligo and is the front-runner for the vacant Galway post. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Walsh has emerged as the frontrunner to take over as Galway senior football manager.

The deadline for nominations to replace Alan Mulholland closed yesterday and the county board are refusing to divulge who is on the list until next Monday.

Former forward ace Padraic Joyce is one whose name has inevitably been mentioned, but the 'Irish Independent' understands that his club Killererin have not nominated him.

Another club could have put Joyce's name forward, but the fact that Killererin have not done so indicates that the three-time All Star, and former Footballer of the Year, is not interested at this moment in time.

Two-time All-Ireland winner Walsh, who spent five years managing Sligo, remains the frontrunner and it is believed the former county midfield star will garner most support.

It already looks like Anthony Daly will not be approached about the Galway senior hurling manager's job. Four men have been nominated for the post and he is not among them.

They include outgoing boss Anthony Cunningham, current U-21 manager Johnny Kelly and former Galway selectors Mattie Kenny and Brendan Lynskey.

The management committee of the county board has the right to consider and approach others.

But it is understood that they do not want to go outside the county, which would rule out Daly, who has stepped down after leading Dublin to League and Leinster titles.

Irish Independent