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John McIntyre quits as manager of the Galway senior hurlers

John McIntyre has decided to end his time as manager of the Galway hurlers, following a disappointing campaign in 2011.

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JOHN McINTYRE HAS resigned as manager of the Galway senior hurlers, admitting he knew his term had ended after the Championship defeat to Waterford.

Speculation had been rife that McIntyre – in charge since taking over from Ger Loughnane in 2008 – would leave his post after next month’s meeting of the Galway County Board. However, he has taken stock of the situation himself and decided to step aside for a new management team to come in.

“In my hearts of hearts, I knew the game was up for John McIntyre and this management team when we fell so disappointingly to Waterford in Thurles,” he told the Connacht Tribune. “It was a dispiriting defeat, there are no excuses, but I would say that the players did not go out to perform badly.

“I almost resigned that evening, but I was anxious to let things settle for a few weeks and take stock of the situation to ensure my original hunch was the correct one. Obviously, nothing has happened in the interim to alter that opinion.”

Thoughts will now turn to McIntyre’s replacement, with U21 manager Anthony McGuinness one man who has already declared his interest in the job after guiding his charges to All-Ireland success over Dublin last weekend.

To read much more about McIntyre’s resignation, check out Stephen Glennon’s piece in the Connacht Tribune >

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