Galway hurling board claim outside manager ‘hasn’t been discussed in any way’

THE chairman of the Galway hurling board has dismissed suggestions the Tribesmen have been in touch with a number of potential managers from outside the county to take over from John McIntyre.

McIntyre is battling to stay in charge of Galway for a fourth season amid speculation that the board have sounded out a number of potential successors such as Davy Fitzgerald and Donal O’Grady.

There have also been suggestions that Galway were interested in talking to former Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy and his coach Eamon O’Shea. But Joe Byrne said that while he had heard stories circulating in the county, Galway officials had not been in contact with potential successors to McIntyre.

“We’re not in the business of looking outside the county at this point in time,” he said.

“There is no question of approaching anyone at the moment. It is not even on our agenda, it hasn’t been discussed in any way. Even if we decide to replace John McIntyre, we will have to sit down with our delegates to decide on the process before doing anything.”

McIntyre delivered his annual report to delegates on Tuesday night. A review of hurling in the county is currently in progress under former GAA president Joe McDonagh.

At the end of that review, the three primary officers of the Galway hurling board — chairman Byrne, secretary Pat Kearney and treasurer John McGann — will decide whether McIntyre should remain in charge. However. It could be the end of September or into October before that decision is taken.

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