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Anthony Cunningham wants to stay on as Galway manager -- Kenny

Cunningham is due to meet the Galway hurling board again next year as a review into the last two years continues.

Kenny and Cunningham had plenty to celebrate in 2011. Not so much this year.
Kenny and Cunningham had plenty to celebrate in 2011. Not so much this year.
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GALWAY HURLING MANAGER Anthony Cunningham is ‘interested’ in seeing out the final year of his term despite their disappointing season.

Cunningham is due to meet again with the Galway hurling board as part of an ongoing review following his second season in charge.

Up for discussion will be the Tribe’s defeat against Dublin in the Leinster final as well as their championship exit at the hands of Clare.

Coach Mattie Kenny resigned his position for personal reasons last month but he believes Cunningham wants to stay on.

“I know he’s met with the interview committee a couple of times now so that process is going on,” Kenny said.

I haven’t been talking to Anthony for the last couple of weeks but I know that he is interested, himself and Tom [Helebert, selector], in seeing out the three-year term.

After taking Kilkenny to a replay in the All-Ireland final last year, Kenny admits that Galway did not live up to their promise in 2013.

But he feels the county’s future is bright with some strong underage talent on the cusp of a senior breakthrough.

If the open nature of this year’s Championship is anything to go by, there’s no reason why Galway can’t challenge again next season.

“It was a hugely disappointing year for Galway, hugely disappointing year for us,” Kenny said.

We didn’t perform at the level that we’d have wished to, and I suppose expected to.

We’re very disappointed as are everyone in Galway, but Galway hurling is very, very strong; very strong underage teams there, very strong club championship.

He added: “I think you’re going to have a pretty open Championship for the next few years. It’s whichever team really gets their players in good form, strong focus, that’ll be really in with a good chance.

“Every championship for the next few years, there’s a number of teams that can win it starting off which can only be good for the competition.”

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