Micheál Donoghue has stepped down from his position as Galway manager after four seasons in charge of the Tribesmen.
Donoghue announced his departure on Tuesday after a successful spell in charge despite their early Championship exit this season.
His exit comes as somewhat of a shock as Donoghue had agreed to stay on at the helm for two further years in the spring.
The Clarinbridge man led Galway to their first All-Ireland triumph in 29 years in 2017 in addition to taking them to the final in 2018 only to lose against Limerick.
Donoghue released a lengthy and emotional statement to Galway Bay FM following the announcement of his departure in which he and his management team thanked the players, clubs and supporters of the county.
“I, together with the Galway Senior Hurling Management team, today informed the Galway County Board that we are not taking up the fifth year of our term.
“We would like to thank Galway GAA for the opportunity they gave us to lead Galway Hurling – it was the opportunity of a lifetime and was both an honour and privilege to do.”
“We started out in December 2015 with the simple goal to bring success back to Galway hurling and to build a culture of professionalism and consistency in performance. Since then we have had some amazing days most notably the 2017 All Ireland success. After four seasons we feel the time is now right to hand on the opportunity to a new management team.
“We would like to thank the players for their honesty, dedication and commitment to their sport and county.
“We would like to acknowledge and thank our background team and support staff who worked with us for their expertise and service to the Galway Senior Hurling team.
“To our families and our employers – thank you for being so understanding and supportive of the time commitment a job like this takes.
“To our main sponsor Supermacs and the many other sponsors who give so willingly their support – thank you, it is greatly appreciated.
“Finally, we thank the Galway Hurling Clubs and the Galway Hurling supporters – your passion, commitment and connection with this team have made doing this job a joy.
“For us all, Galway Hurling will continue to play a huge part in our hearts and lives and we wish Galway GAA every success in the future.