Kernan set for Galway talks

Kernan set for Galway talks

Joe Kernan is due to meet Galway County Board officials in the coming days to discuss his future as the county's senior football manager.

Kernan's first season in charge of the Tribesmen was clouded in disappointment, with a mid-table finish in NFL Division 1 followed by a Connacht SFC semi-final defeat to Sligo and an All-Ireland qualifier exit at the hands of Wexford.

Kernan, who brought Sean O Domhnaill and Tom Naughton on board as his selectors, is evidently keen to stay in charge out west.

"I'll probably have a chat next week sometime with my backroom team, but I'll meet the County Board first," he told the Galway Independent.

"When we sit down, if they have a problem with it, we'll shake hands and I'll go away.

"But I'd like to stay on if everything is right and we'll go ahead with it again because I don't think the last six months gave us a true picture of what has happened here in the last nine years since Galway last won the All-Ireland.

"If we are staying, we'll have to do some better preparation but I can say nothing until I sit down with the County Board and see what they feel. I know what the players feel - the players are mad to go at it again."

Injuries blighted Galway's campaign, with lynchpin forward Padraic Joyce missing the National League and two more key attackers, Michael Meehan and Nicky Joyce, struggling for fitness during the Championship.

Kernan is obviously eager to get a fully fit squad together for next season in his bid to get Galway back challenging for top honours.

"We never got a settled team out once all year," admitted the former Armagh boss.

"I was just hoping that if we got over the Sligo match and we got a settled team that you'd never know what might happen.

"Should we have won those two matches? Of course we should, that is our fault.

"As team management we have to take that on the chin, that's our fault. But a lot of things have obviously gone wrong in the last eight or nine years and Galway have not been successful and we have to look at that.

"But I am probably more disappointed than most. When I know there is more in people it is soul destroying. We didn't do ourselves justice.

"You have to learn from these things. If we learn we can move on but, if we don't, the same things will be said again this time next year."

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