Six candidates interested in Galway hurling manager’s job

Anthony Cunningham saga doesn’t appear to have put off interested parties

Mattie Kenny: guided Cuala to last weekend’s AIB Leinster senior club hurling final which they lost to Oulart from Wexford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mattie Kenny: guided Cuala to last weekend’s AIB Leinster senior club hurling final which they lost to Oulart from Wexford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

 

Six candidates have been nominated to take over from Anthony Cunningham as manager of the Galway senior hurlers.

Former minor and U-21 manager John Hardiman has emerged as a serious contender to challenge initial frontrunners Micheal Donoghue of Clarinbridge and Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry’s Mattie Kenny, who was in charge of the Cuala side beaten in Sunday’s Leinster senior club hurling final.

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Gerry McInerney, a former team-mate of Cunningham in the 1987 and 1988 All-Ireland senior titles, as well as the 1983 minor and ’86 U-21 titles, has also been nominated.

Outgoing U-21 manager Johnny Kelly from Portumna, who guided Coolderry to the Offaly county title this year, is on the list and Roscommon manager Justin Campbell, a former All-Ireland club winner with his native Kiltormer in Galway, has also been put forward.

He will take charge of the Connacht team which participates in the interprovincial championship which is being hosted by Galway at Pearse Stadium this weekend.

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