Wednesday 13 December 2017

McIntyre future with Tribesmen hinges on 'root and branch' review by board

Galway hurling officials have decided to carry out a 'root and branch' review before they decide whether John McIntyre remains as manager for a fourth year.

Galway's dreadful Leinster semi-final loss to Dublin and the subsequent championship exit when they collapsed against Waterford, has caused widespread anger among clubs and followers.

It looks as if it will be at least the end of September before McIntyre's fate will be decided after Galway hurling board decided to carry out an investigation after the county's worst performance for years.

Galway have not won the All-Ireland title since 1988 -- they have not got past the quarter-final stage since 2005 -- and McIntyre said after the Waterford defeat they were further away than ever.

"We are going to take a serious look into hurling in the county," said board chairman Joe Byrne.

"We have not been in hiding since last Sunday week. We are all gutted, but there is no point rushing into a decision. When we decide where we want to go we will put that in place and then decide who our manager will be."

The hurling board will present their proposed review strategy to club delegates at a meeting next Thursday, but the entire process is unlikely to be completed until late in September.

"The opinions of clubs are fundamental to this review," said Byrne. "We will be looking for feedback from people who have a lot to offer Galway hurling.


"But a manager can only manage the strategy that we put in place and it is vital we have that right. It might be October before we decide who our next manager will be, but it may be September."

As well as reviewing the state of inter-county hurling, the board will also ask clubs their opinions on the structure of the hurling championship in Galway.

A Galway football club, meanwhile, is taking an objection to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) in a bid to be re-instated to the senior football championship.

Mountbellew/Moylough, who were knocked out of the Galway SFC when they were beaten by 1-10 to 0-12 by Micheal Breathnach, believe the Connemara side fielded an ineligible player.

They contend sub Tommy Conneely, whose home club is Na Piarsaigh in Connemara, was not eligible to play senior for his neighbouring club and only had clearance to play at U-21 level.

The matter has been dealt with at Galway County Board and Connacht Council levels, with Mountbellew/Moylough being reinstated at one stage before that decision was reversed. This weekend's clash between Micheal Breathnach and Cortoon Shamrocks has been called off pending the outcome.

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