Galway hurling board’s top trio to decide future of manager McIntyre

JOHN McINTYRE’S fate as Galway manager will be decided by the three primary officers of the county’s hurling board and not by the high-profile group which has been put together to carry out a detailed investigation into why they are not successful.

Former GAA president Joe McDonagh, one of four All-Ireland senior winners in the review committee, will chair the group which also includes ex-managers Cyril Farrell and Conor Hayes, and former All Stars Seán Silke, Pete Finnerty and Ollie Canning.

County board chairman Gerry Larkin, coaching officer Pat Monaghan, club representatives Mike Darcy and PC Loughnane, and Galway Bay FM and TV3 commentator Sean Walsh are also on the review group.

The group will take a detailed look into all aspects of Galway hurling and while they may have comments and recommendations on the management of county teams, they will not decide McIntyre’s fate.

McIntyre will deliver his manager’s report to a meeting of the hurling board on Monday night and while he will undoubtedly be quizzed by delegates on another very disappointing year, a decision on whether he will remain in charge for a fourth year will not be taken then. McIntyre was re-appointed last year for two years with a review and ratification process to take place at the end of the season.

Hurling board chairman Joe Byrne said that a decision on the manager’s position will not be taken until the review group have completed their work — at the end of September or early October — and delegates have discussed it.

However, delegates will not decide McIntyre’s fate.

That will be decided by Byrne, hurling board secretary Pat Kearney and treasurer John McGann.

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