Cunningham points finger at players
Anthony Cunningham's reign as Galway hurling manager crashed to an unseemly end last night amid recrimination at his forced removal by his own now former players.
Having lost yet another vote of confidence from the 2015 panel by 26 votes to six on Sunday night, Cunningham and his management team took the somewhat inevitable decision to stand down yesterday around lunch time.
That decision was communicated to the public via a hard-hitting statement in which he pointed the finger at "a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as intercounty players, placing personal agendas above the greater good of Galway hurling."
Labelling the move against him "a kangaroo court decision," Cunningham explained: "As a management team we have exhausted all avenues with support from the clubs, their delegates, the hurling fraternity and County Committees in the past month to bring this impasse to a conclusion and protect Galway hurling.
"Despite extensive attempts at genuine dialogue including Independent Arbitration, there were no reasonable explanations offered or given as to the issues the players felt they had.
"I believe that the players are misguided in that they are not taking the view of their county on board.
"They, through their actions, have shown scant respect for, and loyalty to the goodwill shown to them by supporters, clubs and the county GAA committees and Management.
"I contend that it is unreasonable to express a loack of confidence in management - how else could we have reached a winning position in an All-Ireland final last September.
Cuala manager, Mattie Kenny - who previously served as a selector under Cunningham and applied for the role two years ago - was installed as favourite to be the next Galway manager in advance of last night's announcement.