Saturday 20 January 2018

Kelly calls in Keady to boost bid

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

GALWAY'S new hurling manager is expected to be in place next Monday following interviews with the three candidates this week.

The expected inclusion of former Hurler of the Year Tony Keady and ex-Antrim manager Dinny Cahill in his back-room team is believed to have strengthened the bid of Portumna boss Johnny Kelly.

Anthony Cunningham, who led the county's U-21s to All-Ireland glory this year, has been the long-time favourite to succeed John McIntyre, particularly as his proposed management team also includes Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny. But after the emergence of two other nominees, Cunningham could face a stiff late challenge.

Cahill previously worked as a selector and coach with Kelly in Portumna -- the pair took the club to back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2008 and '09.

He has a wealth of inter-county experience, most recently with Antrim, and the inclusion of Keady would further strengthen their management bid.

Micheal Donoghue, who led Clarinbridge to All-Ireland club glory last year, is another contender and he is believed to have Eamonn O'Shea among his proposed back-room team. O'Shea played a key role as coach/selector for Tipperary's seniors when Liam Sheedy led them to All-Ireland victory in 2010.

Interviews for the position are taking place this week and the new boss is expected to be proposed to a meeting of the county Hurling Board next Monday night and given a three-year term, to be reviewed after two seasons.

Galway won both the All-Ireland U-21 hurling and football titles this year and have already appointed Alan Mulholland, who managed their underage footballers, to succeed Tomas O Flatharta as their new senior football manager.

Irish Independent

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