Padraig Joyce is set to be named as Kevin Walsh’s replacement as Galway Senior Football manager. The second round of interviews for the post were held last night. Joyce’s name has been sent forward to be approved by the Galway’s Managnent & County Committee who will meet next week.
Former Tipperary manager Liam Kearns was the only other candidate interviewed. Mattie Duggan, who was in charge of Galway All-Ireland winning Intermediate side earlier this year, withdrew from the running earlier in the week.
The former All-Star is set to name John Divily and John Concannon as part of his management team. This trio were in charge of Galway’s u20 this year. Under their guidance, the Galway youngsters won the Connacht Final in July with victory over perennial rivals Mayo, before falling to Dublin at the All-Ireland semi-final stage.
The trio were all part of the St. Jarlath’s Hogan Cup winning side of 1994. They also were all part of the Galway minor side that fell to Kerry in the All-Ireland minor final of 1995. Both Joyce and Divily went on to form part of Galway’s All-Ireland winning side in 1998 under John O’Mahoney. In 2001, Joyce went on to collect a second Celtic cross. He also won the Texco Footballer of the year award, after a man of the match display when scoring 0-10 in the final against Meath.
Of the trio, John Divily has the most management experience. He cut his teeth in management with NUI Maynooth in 2010, subsequently, he spent five years at the helm with UCD, whom he led to Sigerson Cup titles in 2016 &2018. Micheal O’Domhnaill will also be a part of the backroom set-up.