Kernan ends Galway reign

Galway are on the lookout for their third senior football manager since 2007, following Joe Kernan's decision to resign from the post he took up just last September.

Galway are on the lookout for their third senior football manager since 2007, following Joe Kernan's decision to resign from the post he took up just last September.

Kernan formally tendered his resignation in a letter to the Chairman of the Galway Football Board, John Joe Holleran, and it was accepted at a board meeting in Loughgeorge last night.

It is understood that a disagreement over the composition of the Armagh man's backroom team resulted in him quitting.

Kernan and members of the Galway Football Board met last Thursday to review his first season in charge of Galway. Both parties were eager to continue, but the issue of backroom staff was one that neither would back down on.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Kernan said: "I was never going to get rid of some of my backroom whom I had gone to considerable bother to recruit. I had great faith in these people, I felt they were the best.

"I have always believed that a manger should be in control of his own destiny. I only had about six or seven months with the Galway panel altogether and you cannot devise a winning strategy within that period, particularly when you have been badly hit by injuries."

The 2002 All-Ireland winning boss added: "I was genuinely looking forward to working with a full squad of players next year in the hope of bringing success to Galway.

"I was already optimistic that we might not have had a repetition of the injuries that blighted our progress this year but things have taken a different turn.

"I feel I am leaving with dignity, though. The players gave me their best efforts and I could not ask for more than that. I wish them well for the future."

Under Kernan, Galway made little headway during the National League, lost to Sligo in a Connacht SFC semi-final replay and then bowed out of the All-Ireland Championship qualifiers at the hands of Wexford.

Former Galway midfielder Kevin Walsh, who managed Sligo through to the Connacht final this summer, has already been installed as a favourite to take over Kernan.

But the Sligo County Board are confident that Walsh will remain in charge of the Yeatsmen, particularly after an encouraging season season.

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