Saturday 20 January 2018

Anthony Cunningham's future in hands of Galway club delegates

Anthony Cunningham has indicated he wants to stay in charge of the Galway team
Anthony Cunningham has indicated he wants to stay in charge of the Galway team

Declan Rooney

Anthony Cunningham has told Galway hurling officials he wants to stay on as manager – but his tenure will hinge on getting the backing of club delegates tonight.

Galway club officials have never been slow to get rid of a manager, so it is not a foregone conclusion that Cunningham will get the nod to stay at the helm.

Galway hurling committee chairman Joe Byrne said that the review of Cunningham's tenure was scheduled for the end of his second year.

Byrne has confirmed that Cunningham has indicated to them he wants to stay in charge. if he does get the nod there will be at least one change to his back-room team, with Mattie Kenny stepping down following the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to eventual champions Clare.

Former All Star Tom Helebert would stay on board and it is envisaged that one or two more would be added to the coaching team for 2014– if Cunningham gets the backing of club delegates.

Byrne said that a decision on the management team is expected in the next week or so.

"We are looking for feedback from the clubs as part of the review process," said Byrne.

After losing the Leinster hurling final to Dublin, Galway exited the qualifiers following that defeat to Clare, with the manner of their six-point defeat leaving many hurling fans in the county dismayed by the side's dip in performance after reaching the All-Ireland final the previous year.

A decision on Cunningham's future as Tribes' boss is not expected from tonight's meeting, but it is expected that a recommendation could be made to the county committee in the next fortnight.

"The committee has already met with Anthony at an executive level and he was given our feedback and thoughts," Byrne added.

"The next county committee meeting is scheduled for four weeks' time, but we would expect to be able to make a recommendation to them in the next week or two."

Irish Independent

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