Galway give Connor three-year deal
Another testing season awaits Galway United off the field in 2010, so it came as something of a surprise yesterday when the Terryland Park club yesterday revealed that they had given new manager Sean Connor a three-year contract.
Galway chief executive Nick Leeson was adamant that Connor, who will be assisted by Gareth Gorman and Billy Clery, is the right man for the job.
"Above all, Sean is an excellent coach. We will have limited resources for the coming season, so Sean's coaching knowledge will very much come to the fore. Hopefully it will drive us to the next level.
"It has been a constant fight for us over the past couple of years with the difficult financial position we find ourselves in."
Connor, who is keen to explore an escape clause in the contract of Sligo Rovers midfielder Chris Turner, admitted his squad will be packed with local youngsters but he is relishing the prospect of guiding Galway.
"It is probably the biggest challenge I have taken as a coach or a manager. I am well aware of the situation as regards resources, but the whole League of Ireland is facing a challenge.
"It is not going to be easy, but the job is to make sure we stay in the Premier Division and to put structures and foundations in place so we can take this football club forward."