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Mulholland given full backing by Galway football bosses

The team have lost all three league games to date and are now in serious danger of relegation to division three.

Galway manager Alan Mulholland has received criticism on the back of some below-par performances from his team.
Galway manager Alan Mulholland has received criticism on the back of some below-par performances from his team.

GALWAY MANAGER ALAN Mulholland has been given the full support of the football chairman in the county and his position is not under threat.

Tadhg Ó Conghaile, chairman of the Galway Football Committee, said that while there was disappointment with the start to the league, they were ‘in for the long haul’ and a change of management is not an issue.

Galway have lost all three league games to date and are now in serious danger of relegation to division three after suffering a 15-points hammering to Laois at the weekend.

They now need to defeat Down in Tuam on Sunday if they are to have a realistic chance of avoiding the drop, but Ó Conghaile said that Mulholland has the backing of the football hierarchy.

“We are not in the business of changing our manager after three league games or in the middle of a competition. We are in for the long haul. The next review of Alan’s position will be when our involvement in the championship comes to an end.

“Of course, nobody is content with losing our opening three games but we have four games left in the league, starting with Down on Sunday where we really need to get a result.

“There are new selectors on board and it takes time to settle in, while several key players have been out through injury.

“We were beaten fair and square by Laois, it was a game which just went away from us and the players, management and everyone else involved know we have to up the performance,” he said.

A meeting and training session was arranged for Sunday following the 1-20 to 0-8 loss the previous night, and Ó Conghaile said everyone is determined to turn it around.

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“We will all work together on this. We see ourselves as a top 8-10 county so we are not happy with where we are. But there was a good review on Sunday, we know it is going to be tough but we hope to get there,” added Ó Conghaile.

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