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Kevin Walsh Has Stepped Down

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While I had issues too like a lot of people with the style of play
I have to give kevin and his management team a lot of credit
its not so long ago we were loosing to antrim and wexford
and people forget this, he did make us more competitive in fairness
With nearly half a team out injured his last year didn't work out really
it will be interesting going forward to see what happens
is it the case that we have the players to play a more positive style of football
or will it be the case that kevin walsh was right all along
That we don't have the players to play a more open game
You would hope that we get a coach that can bring more out of this group
Looking forward the next 3or 4 years are very important for the u20 age group in galway
We will have 2 diff minor teams who reached and performed brilliantly to reach and play in all Ireland finals
The role of Paraic Joyce and John Divilly will be crucial with the u20 squad in the next 2 years
In terms of developing these players both in football know how and their strength and conditioning going forward

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1048 - 04/09/2019 00:23:38    2232603

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Replying To Mayonman:  "We were a laughing stock/joke of a team before Kevin. We should never forget that. He made us a serious outfit again. I think he has laid solid foundations for whoever comes next. Saying all that, he has made the right decision now. 5 years is enough for anyone and I think he has brought us as far as he could. Thanks Kevin for everything.

Replacement wise we need to be careful. Someone that knows Galway football. We need to address the style of play also because the fans won't follow the negative stuff. All you had to do was see the crowd that went to last u20 game. Galway fans want a team to follow and a style to be proud of."
Great Post. Fully agree with everything you say. It was the right time for Kevin to go. The County board need to address the concerns Kevin had in his stepping down statement ie equipment, training facilities etc. The County board also need to get Galway gaa people who know about football to help in selection of new management

Toman (Galway) - Posts: 171 - 04/09/2019 07:58:25    2232625

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Replying To maroondiesel:  "Thanks Kevin Walsh, you were the best manager from Galway in decades."
Galway won an All Ireland in the previous decade. You are aware of this?

WunderBar (Galway) - Posts: 232 - 04/09/2019 09:21:49    2232636

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Replying To WunderBar:  "Galway won an All Ireland in the previous decade. You are aware of this?"
The manager wasn't from Galway though. That's his point.

Townee2018 (Galway) - Posts: 169 - 04/09/2019 09:41:17    2232644

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Rumour has it that rochford is not in the running

northbouind (Galway) - Posts: 220 - 04/09/2019 17:05:58    2232811

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Would like to Thank Big Kevin for all he has done for Galway Football in the last 5 years...
150% Improvement since he took them over in 2015...
Hopefully the next Manager will get more out of these talented players....
Just think last year the game v Monaghan the weekend of the Galway Races in Pearse Stadium was a Game We should have won and gone for the Jugular... If we did we would have avoided Dublin until the final and who knows what would have happened???
Best of Luck in the future Big Man...

smokeygaa (Galway) - Posts: 416 - 05/09/2019 12:13:46    2232993

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Replying To smokeygaa:  "Would like to Thank Big Kevin for all he has done for Galway Football in the last 5 years...
150% Improvement since he took them over in 2015...
Hopefully the next Manager will get more out of these talented players....
Just think last year the game v Monaghan the weekend of the Galway Races in Pearse Stadium was a Game We should have won and gone for the Jugular... If we did we would have avoided Dublin until the final and who knows what would have happened???
Best of Luck in the future Big Man..."
150%, a 1.5times improvement? Thought it would have been more to be honest.

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 604 - 05/09/2019 13:12:33    2233017

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Not before time. The first year he managed us we played Donegal in Croke Park. With the exception of Dublin they were the best team we played under his tenure. He hadn't yet fully ensconced us in the blanket defence so we played a decent brand of football and if it wasn't for poor decisions from KW on the day we might even have won. With the exception of 3 wins over very undercooked Mayo teams it's been all down hill since. The only way is up no matter who the new man is.

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 110 - 05/09/2019 17:03:08    2233101

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Replying To Mailman98:  "Not before time. The first year he managed us we played Donegal in Croke Park. With the exception of Dublin they were the best team we played under his tenure. He hadn't yet fully ensconced us in the blanket defence so we played a decent brand of football and if it wasn't for poor decisions from KW on the day we might even have won. With the exception of 3 wins over very undercooked Mayo teams it's been all down hill since. The only way is up no matter who the new man is."
Any Galway supporter has a serious chip on their shoulder if they choose not to acknowledge the improvement and progress done under Kevin Walsh.

Brushing off the Mayo wins like you have done so here is humorous posting. The new man will have a good squad with a good age profile to work with. I'm hearing Alan Flynn is posed to be Walsh's replacement. I don't think he's up grade on Walsh. Won the U21 All Ireland in 2013 but Galway were real lucky to get out of Connacht that year and the following year Flynn overseen a championship knock out to Leitrim.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 246 - 05/09/2019 17:26:52    2233108

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Doubtful if Flynn would be taken on as a Nr.1 - more of a coach than manager. Past performance across a number of teams would suggest that he needs a strong manager beside him that has a good tactical brain and is good on the line. Things didn't go well in Kildare this year. Think it would be a huge risk throwing him in at the deep end in his first managerial job at senior level. Big difference between managing a county U21 team and Senior team - just ask Alan Mulholland who had U21 All Ireland success with Galway and we saw how that went at senior. Of course Galway's financial position may mean that the county board is not going to worry themselves about details like this - time will tell.

galway2015 (Galway) - Posts: 12 - 05/09/2019 18:07:35    2233113

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Replying To rhudson:  "While I had issues too like a lot of people with the style of play
I have to give kevin and his management team a lot of credit
its not so long ago we were loosing to antrim and wexford
and people forget this, he did make us more competitive in fairness
With nearly half a team out injured his last year didn't work out really
it will be interesting going forward to see what happens
is it the case that we have the players to play a more positive style of football
or will it be the case that kevin walsh was right all along
That we don't have the players to play a more open game
You would hope that we get a coach that can bring more out of this group
Looking forward the next 3or 4 years are very important for the u20 age group in galway
We will have 2 diff minor teams who reached and performed brilliantly to reach and play in all Ireland finals
The role of Paraic Joyce and John Divilly will be crucial with the u20 squad in the next 2 years
In terms of developing these players both in football know how and their strength and conditioning going forward"
Our forwards in particular are underperformers . On paper they are lethal and so is the subs bench even when kevin tried to get the balance right between attack and defence a lot of our forwards just did not convert when in the right positions


as sice said when he retired if all the forwards we have all are in form on the same day we could beat anyone

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 977 - 05/09/2019 21:09:58    2233148

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