New Galway FC boss Dunne relishing building Westerners into a powerful force

New Galway FC manager Tommy Dunne says the prospect of building a club from the ground up is what attracted him to take the reins at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Dunne, 41, was confirmed as the Corribsiders new manager yesterday.

Dunne, who still has to iron out the finals details of his contract, said he is delighted to return to the game following his sacking as Cork City manager earlier this year.

“This is a project I am looking forward to doing. I had a number of offers but this is the job that caught my fancy. It’s a chance to build a club and I quite enjoyed doing that in Cork and I’m delighted to be given the chance again with Galway. I didn’t look at anything else, I didn’t apply for any other jobs. I was probably earmarked for this because of my previous experience but I applied like everyone else. I’m just looking forward to it.”

Dunne took over as manager of Cork City Foras Co-op 10 days before the start of their first division campaign in 2010, leading them to the title the following season. Dunne has yet to confirm his backroom but he says they will all be from the Galway area.

He believes a depth of local talent will give him a great chance of being a success. “Both Mervue United and Salthill Devon are well run clubs and they have their structures looking very healthy. There is some good talent coming through and some good players there already.”

Dunne will move to Galway before the start of the season, but he says it may be a while before he uproots his young family. “I have a young family, I have three girls in school in Cork. We’ve been living there for the last four years, so initially it will just be me here. Hopefully down the road we’ll all make the move.”


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