Kearns throws hat into ring for Galway job

Liam Kearns has expressed an interest in taking charge of the Galway footballers.

Liam Kearns has expressed an interest in taking charge of the Galway footballers.

But the former Limerick and Laois boss said that he has not been contacted and is not aware of an imminent approach regarding the job.

Former All Star Kevin Walsh was favourite to take over his native county following the surprise resignation of Joe Kernan after less than a year in charge. However, the double All-Ireland winner this week pledged his future to Sligo for the next two seasons.

Kearns has since emerged as the bookies’ favourite for the job with the Galway-based John Mulholland Bookmakers slashing his odds from 5/1 to 2/1 following Walsh’s decision.

Kearns said that he had not been contacted in relation to the vacancy.

"Of course I would have to consider it if I was approached about a position such as the Galway job but I have not been approached and I’m not aware that I’m being considered," said the Irish Examiner columnist.

Kearns was strongly linked to the position six years ago but he remained with Limerick and Peter Ford took over Galway for three years. Kearns enjoyed enormous success with the Shannonsiders, guiding them to two Munster U21 titles and two senior final appearances, forcing his native Kerry to a replay in the 2004 decider. He then moved to Laois for two years and has been associated with vacancies in a number of counties over the past two years.

The Galway Football Board has invited clubs in the county to send nominations forward for the position, but a deadline has not yet been set for names to be received. The new boss will be Galway’s fourth manager since 2007, with Liam Sammon having taken over for two years from Peter Ford before Kernan was appointed last September.

DUBLIN (U21 hurling v Galway): F McGarry; R Walsh, D Kelly, O Gough; R O'Loughlin, M Quilty, P Kelly; C Clinton, P Buckeridge; D Quinn, D Plunkett, B O'Rorke; C Brennan, L Rushe, N McMorrow

TIPPERARY (U21 hurling v Antrim): J Logue; K O’Gorman, J Coghlan, M Cahill; J Barry, Padraic Maher (Captain), B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath, S Carey, Patrick Maher, B O’Meara; M Heffernan, P Murphy, J O’Dwyer.

MAYO (Minor hurling v Tyrone): P Mannion; B Harrison, N Freeman, C Twomey; R Quirke, C Walsh, C Horan; D Kirby, S McGarry; F Durkan, M Forde, S Kelly; J McDonnell, D Coen, C O'Connor (Captain).

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