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Paul Galvin: I Don’t See Myself As A Conventional GAA Manager

Kerry legend Paul Galvin believes he will slot comfortably into his first senior inter-county management role with Wexford.

The four-time All Ireland winner was nominated by the Senior Football Management Selection Committee during the week and will be officially ratified in the position on a two-year term at a meeting of the Wexford County Board next month.

In a statement, Wexford GAA said the selection committee were impressed with Galvin’s “knowledge and passion for the game” as well as his “vision” for Wexford football both at a senior and developmental level.

In his column for the Sunday Times, Galvin wrote that he does not see himself as a “conventional” GAA manager.

“While I don’t see myself as a GAA manager in the conventional sense, taking on the Wexford senior job is something I’m comfortable with because of the calibre of people I have experienced at board level.

“The club culture in Wexford is something that makes sense to me and if there was one overall deciding factor in my getting involved this would be it. Where it will lead nobody knows, but I have clarity on what I want to do.”

Galvin revealed that he attended last weekend’s All Ireland hurling semi-final to get a feel for the Wexford following and with the county experiencing great success in the code in 2019, he hopes that the support will travel across to the football side.

“If the footballers give as much of themselves as the hurlers do, then Wexford will be winning right away.

“There was a strong identity on the field too (with the Wexford hurlers). The real standout was their almost Gaelic football-like use of possession. Wexford hardly wasted a ball.

“I have been surrounded by managers and management types all my life, from people like Eamonn Fitzmaurice, his father Eamonn Sr, and Jimmy Deenihan at home to Jack O’Connor with Kerry and Eamonn Cregan, Tom Ryan, Mark Foley and Ciaran Carey, who I played under for Lixnaw. I won’t be short of mentors.

“A county where one sport takes prominence over the other is something I understand coming from a hurling area of Kerry myself. Wexford hurling is on a high right now.

“The work of Davy Fitzgerald and his team is the greatest reference for preparation and performance that any of the footballers could wish to have.”

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Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter