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Major surprise after Paul Galvin steps down as Wexford manager

Shane Roche will replace him as interim boss for the remainder of the year.

Galvin during the O'Byrne Cup last December.
Galvin during the O'Byrne Cup last December.
Image: Tom O'Hanlon/INPHO

PAUL GALVIN HAS announced his decision to step down as Wexford senior football manager this evening.

Galvin said his family have moved to the west of Ireland and cited ‘the new time and travel commitments involved’ as the reason for his departure.

Shane Roche, who was part of Galvin’s backroom team, will replace him as interim boss for the remainder of the year.

The Kerry legend was appointed last September and was halfway through his debut league campaign when Covid-19 forced inter-county competitions to be put on hold.

Inter-county sides were permitted to return to training from yesterday with the remaining two league games and Leinster championship looming in mid-October.

In a statement released through Wexford GAA this evening, Galvin said:

“Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Dublin my family has moved back to the west of Ireland. I am stepping away from my role with Wexford due to the new time and travel commitments involved.

“My business has also undergone significant growth in the past few months and needs attention. I have enjoyed the past 16 months watching, coaching and promoting football in the county since June 2019.

“I would like to thank the Wexford county board for the opportunity and support. Thank you to the players and backroom staff also. I have a strong belief in the talent in the county. 

“I wish everybody associated with Wexford football success in the near future.” 

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Wexford GAA said: “It is with regret that Wexford GAA has accepted Paul Galvin’s decision to step away from the role of senior football manager and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

“Wexford GAA would like to thank Paul for his commitment and dedication over the past 16 months as senior football manager.

“It is without doubt that Wexford football is in a much stronger position thanks to his efforts during this time which is reflected in the senior team’s results to date which have placed the side in contention for promotion from Division 4 of the National Football League.

“The role of an inter-county manager is a constantly evolving one with an ever-increasing level of commitment required, and particularly so this year in light of the pandemic. We appreciate and understand the changes in Paul’s personal circumstances which have led to this decision and we wish both Paul and Louise well in their new home in the west of Ireland and with their business endeavours.

“We would also like to thank Paul, backroom team for their efforts and commitment during his time as Wexford GAA has appointed Shane Roche as interim senior football manager for the rest of the 2020 inter-county season ahead of the upcoming National League and Leinster championship fixtures.

“Shane has been heavily involved as part of Paul’s backroom team during his tenure and his considerable experience as an inter-county player and coach at schools, club and inter-county level will help build on the foundations laid by Paul earlier this season.”

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