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Tribe chiefs put their hurling future in Cunningham’s hands

ANTHONY CUNNINGHAM will tonight be named as the new Galway senior hurling manager, after months of searching for a replacement to John McIntyre finally came to an end.

Cunningham, who managed Westmeath outfit, Garrycastle, to a third county senior football championship title last weekend, will be appointed on a three-year term and will be joined by Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny on his management team.

A meeting of the Galway hurling board has been arranged for this evening, when delegates will be asked to ratify the appointment.

Earlier this year, Cunningham guided the Tribesmen to the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling championship glory against Dublin in Thurles and has been widely tipped to take the reigns from McIntyre.

However, the seven-man committee charged with making the appointment has taken ample time before deciding that the former Roscommon hurling manager was the outstanding candidate, ahead of former Clarinbridge manager, Michael Donoghue and Johnny Kelly of Portumna.