Wednesday 13 December 2017

McIntyre back for more

Galway last night reappointed John McIntyre for another two seasons at the helm of their senior hurling team.

His position was ratified at a meeting of Galway Hurling Board -- but, unlike his first term, there will be a review at the end of the first year.

The former Tipperary player took over from Ger Loughnane two years ago and while they failed to get past the All-Ireland quarter-final for the past two seasons, this year they won the Walsh Cup and the National League.

McIntyre pointed out to delegates in his annual report that Galway had played 16 competitive matches in 2010, won 12 of them, drew another and the three they lost were to eventual All-Ireland champions Tipperary (twice) and runners-up Kilkenny.

Galway Hurling Board chairman Joe Byrne welcomed McIntyre's reappointment. "There has been progress in the past few years, but we now need to move on to the next level as the bar is being raised as Tipperary showed this year," said Byrne.

Meanwhile, Brendan Fennelly could be the new Laois hurling manager next week. Fennelly, currently in charge of Carrickshock, is to meet with Laois officials ahead of next Monday night's County Board meeting.

Fennelly has extensive management experience and was in charge of Carlow, before guiding Waterford club De La Salle to county and provincial titles in 2009.

He is a brother of former Kilkenny and Dublin manager Kevin and All-Ireland winning captain Liam.

Laois were interested in Tommy Dunne, the former Tipperary player and current U-21 coach, to replace Niall Rigney, but have since switched their attentions to Fennelly.

Meanwhile, Limerick are not yet in a position to confirm Maurice Horan as their new football manager.

Mayo native Horan -- the U-21 manager and a selector with Mickey Ned O'Sullivan -- is the leading candidate to replace O'Sullivan, but it may be next week before a proposal comes before management, county secretary Mike O'Riordan said.

Elsewhere, Brian Dooher and Ryan McMenamin could be among those Mickey Harte expects to retire ahead of the 2011 season. Harte and his management team are already making plans for next season, but he accepts that retirements from his squad are now inevitable.

"There may be some who would have been in the squad this year who won't be there next year," he said. But on Dooher, he would not be drawn. "There's nothing to tell there," he said.

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