The Galway County Board has this evening ratified Mícheál Donoghue and Kevin Walsh as managers of the senior hurling and football teams respectively, until 2019.
— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) September 26, 2016
Despite relegation to Division 1B of the National Hurling League, Donoghue picked the team up for the Championship, and they went on to push both Kilkenny and Tipperary very close.
The first task this year for Donoghue and the team was to evade the shadow of Anthony Cunningham’s departure, and it was not until an impressive performance against Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final that they managed to do so.
Tipperary had just a bit too much for them in the semi-final, but the Tribesmen were the only side to come close to the Premier this year, so there is definitely something to build upon in 2017.
Meanwhile, the footballers won the Connacht Championship for the first time since 2008, beating Mayo in the process. Although they suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Tipp, there are positives looking forward.
The length of the deals confirmed tonight represent huge confidence in the current management structures which are in place.
While these deals don’t hit ‘Alan Pardew’s eight-year deal at Newcastle United’ levels of faith in a manager, they nonetheless represent serious confidence that they have the right men in place.