Determined Kernan keen to keep leading Galway footballers

GALWAY boss Joe Kernan will meet with county officials next week to discuss his future.

The Tribesmen crashed to a qualifier defeat against Wexford and Kernan vows to respect any decision board chiefs will make. However he admits he would ‘like to stay on if everything is right”.

Kernan said yesterday: “I am taking a total break from the whole thing and I’ll make my mind up.

“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. 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 board and see what they feel. I know what the players feel: the players are mad to go at it again. I’ll probably have a chat next week sometime with my backroom team, but I’ll meet the board first.”

Kernan’s first season in charge ended in disappointment when they were defeated in a replay in the Connacht semi-final by Sligo and then were shocked by the Model County in their own backyard in the qualifiers. Injuries to the likes of Michael Meehan, Sean Armstrong and Nicky Joyce impacted on Kernan’s first year in charge but he reckons he can turn things around if given the chance.

“We never got a settled team out once all year. I was just hoping that if we got over the Sligo match and we got a settled team, 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 gone wrong in the last eight or nine years and Galway have not been successful and we have to look at that.”

He said the losses had impacted on him deeply: When I know there is more in people it is soul-destroying. We didn’t do ourselves justice. You have to be on the inside to know what is happening.

“We gave 100% commitment, but we made mistakes and we were punished. 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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