Galway boss Kevin Walsh confirmed his resignation as Galway football manager.
“On behalf of the Galway Senior Management team, I have informed the Galway County Board that after 5 years in charge of the Galway Senior Football Team we will not be seeking ratification for a 6th year.”
After thanking both the county board and Galway fans, Walsh went on to add “I emphatically believe that there are great things to come for Galway football, ….I am honoured to have been given my chance to leave Galway football in a better place and I wish the players and new management team every success in the future.”
A former All-Ireland winner with the county as a player in 1998 & 2001, Walsh started out his Inter-county management career with Sligo. He led the Yeats County to a Connacht final in 2012, where they lost by two points to Mayo (0-10 v 0-12). During Walsh’s five year tenure as manager, he oversaw a transformation in the fortunes of Galway football. He took over a Galway side in September 2014 that had lost that year’s Connacht final to Mayo by 3-14 to 0-16 and then lost out to Kerry in the Championship quarter-final by 1-20 v 2-10. He led them to provincial success in 2016 & 2018 as well as clinching promotion back to Division 1 in 2017 and reaching the 2018 league final against Dublin.
The news first broke on Twitter with Johnny Ward releasing the news that Walsh was set to leave the position. He said in the tweet
“I understand the Kevin Walsh era as Galway SF manager about to end very soon. Hugely exciting job for whoever comes in”.
Of course, this announcement will trigger plenty of speculation both within and outside the county on who will replace Walsh. Stephen Rochford, for instance, would probably be a manager high on the list. He is currently part of the Donegal backroom team. Another manager which could potentially get called would be former Kildare boss Cian O’Neill who had Tuam Stars Alan Flynn as part of his backroom team in Kildare. Jim McGuinness will also be heavily linked but the option of someone closer to the home could be with Padraic Joyce and/or John Divily. The Killererin man has done it all with Galway and is 2 time All-Ireland winner. He picked up 10 all-star awards in his long 15 year inter-county career. He was part of the Galway u20 managment team this year alongside Divily who has previously led UCD to Sigerson cup sucess.