Sligo unsure if Walsh will continue for fifth term

Sligo chairman Cyril Feehily is in the dark about whether Kevin Walsh wishes to continue for a fifth term in the Yeats County hot seat.

It’s over four weeks since Sligo suffered a 0-13 to 0-4 defeat by Kildare in the final round of the All-Ireland qualifiers, but it could be well into September before the position regarding Walsh and his backroom team is clarified.

“We haven’t met with Kevin Walsh and his selectors yet, but at this time of the year a lot of people are on holidays and are a taking a break after being involved in team-management duties,” said Feehily on the Galway native and his backroom team of Paul Durcan, Dessie Sloyane and Paul Taylor.

“However, I expect we will be meeting with Kevin and his selectors within the next few weeks, as well as with the county U21 and minor team managers, Anthony Brennan and Tommy Brehony.

“As of now, we don’t know what the intentions of Kevin and his selectors are for next year. Maybe they’re interested in continuing for another term or maybe they’re not.”

Back in late 2008, Galway football legend Walsh was given a two-year term by the Sligo County Board, and in late 2009 that was extended for another two years. So in the wake of his charges’ championship at the hands of the Lilywhites, the tenure of the Killanin man is up.

Former Sligo midfield ace Durcan revealed that himself, Walsh, Sloyan and Taylor would meet up themselves before entering into any discussions with the executive of the Sligo board.

“We haven’t been together since the Kildare game, so we’ll need to sit down, have a discussion about this year and decide for ourselves what we want to do for next year,” said Durcan. “I’d say we’ll probably do this within the next two weeks.”

While many Sligo fans would be disappointed with the rather tame championship exit against Kildare, Feehily argues that due recognition must be made for the footballing size of the Yeats County.

“We have only 24 clubs in the county, and of these only half are senior,” pointed out the Curry clubman. “So you cannot compare us to the Corks, the Kerrys, the Dublins or the Donegals of this world.

“But despite our size, we got to the Connacht final this year, and we were only narrowly beaten by a team (Mayo) that is now in the All-Ireland semi-final. As well, we retained our Division Three status, and we’ve been plagued with injuries for the past number of years.

“So, in the overall context I don’t think it would be fair to describe 2012 as a disappointing year for Sligo football.”


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