Thursday 17 January 2019

Daly not out of Galway job running

THE prospect of Anthony Daly managing the Galway hurlers in 2015 is not a complete non-runner, despite a report today claiming the Tribesmen will definitely stay local, writes Frank Roche.

The Herald has learned there is still the option for the appointments sub-committee to look beyond the four nominated candidates if a suitable candidate doesn't emerge from next week's round of interviews - or if that suitable candidate is ultimately not available.

Today's newspaper report quoted an unnamed Galway official as saying the priority of the Galway county board's management committee was to keep "one of their own" at the helm.

However, The Herald understands the position of all those charged with finding a manager isn't that black-or-white.

As matters stand, four nominated candidates are due to be interviewed next week: outgoing boss Anthony Cunningham; Mattie Kenny (who was part of his management team in 2012 and '13); current U21 manager Johnny Kelly; and double All-Ireland winner from the 1980s, Brendan Lynskey.

Daly hasn't publicly declared any interest in the role, although his name was being linked to Galway even prior to last Monday night's confirmation that the Clareman was stepping down from the Dublin hotseat after six eventful seasons.

The following day he was promptly installed as 8/15 favourite by Paddy Power, ahead of Cunningham at 11/8.

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