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Jeffrey Lynskey Should Be Next Galway Manager

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Why hasn't Jeffrey Lynskey's been nominated for the Galway senior job? I haven't seen anything about him not wanting it. He has been heavily involved in Galway underage coaching for years now. He won the All Ireland in his first year in charge of the minors and won two more after that. Lynskey managed the U20s this year too so he has plenty of experience with the players coming through.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 471 - 18/10/2019 11:30:45    2244204

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Why hasn't Jeffrey Lynskey's been nominated for the Galway senior job? I haven't seen anything about him not wanting it. He has been heavily involved in Galway underage coaching for years now. He won the All Ireland in his first year in charge of the minors and won two more after that. Lynskey managed the U20s this year too so he has plenty of experience with the players coming through."
Yes strange that he wasn't nominated, although what's even stranger now is that nobody seems to want this job. Galway would definitely be one of the higher profile GAA jobs in this country, yet they are in the incredible situation that nobody has applied for the job, and they may now end up giving the job to someone that doesn't really want it, or isn't suitable. It certainly does not augur well for the Galway hurlers, and after years of competing at the very top level with three All Ireland appearances out of the last five, a spell in the doldrums may very well be on the cards.

gilly1910 (Galway) - Posts: 52 - 18/10/2019 12:55:07    2244221

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Why hasn't Jeffrey Lynskey's been nominated for the Galway senior job? I haven't seen anything about him not wanting it. He has been heavily involved in Galway underage coaching for years now. He won the All Ireland in his first year in charge of the minors and won two more after that. Lynskey managed the U20s this year too so he has plenty of experience with the players coming through."
Well couldn't agree at all with your thread title that Lynskey "should" get the Galway senior manager's job. Could be nominated for sure but his achievements are not so outstanding as yet as to be the obvious man for the job. His day may well come but not right now. His first year as U20 manager has damaged his stock somewhat anyway....needs to bring some of those minor winners through and win an All Ireland at U20 level before being given the senior position. To be fair to him I think he knows that too.

As regards the perception that "nobody wants the Galway hurling job" that most certainly is not true. There are plenty of managers within the county who would be
both proud and interested in managing the senior team but have been reluctant to go forward for it while this administrative mess continues. I am hopeful that the process underway now will lead to new nominations next week and that we will have a manager appointed within the next fortnight that will at least earn everyone's goodwill. The administrative issues may not be sorted that quickly but if a Brexit agreement can be done the problems of Galway hurling surely can be solved as well!

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1310 - 18/10/2019 13:41:06    2244229

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Why hasn't Jeffrey Lynskey's been nominated for the Galway senior job? I haven't seen anything about him not wanting it. He has been heavily involved in Galway underage coaching for years now. He won the All Ireland in his first year in charge of the minors and won two more after that. Lynskey managed the U20s this year too so he has plenty of experience with the players coming through."
It wasn't that long ago when Lynskey had a run in with a member of the board so maybe he just doesn't want the hassle of it all.

GalwayMan (Galway) - Posts: 82 - 18/10/2019 14:02:05    2244237

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Well couldn't agree at all with your thread title that Lynskey "should" get the Galway senior manager's job. Could be nominated for sure but his achievements are not so outstanding as yet as to be the obvious man for the job. His day may well come but not right now. His first year as U20 manager has damaged his stock somewhat anyway....needs to bring some of those minor winners through and win an All Ireland at U20 level before being given the senior position. To be fair to him I think he knows that too.

As regards the perception that "nobody wants the Galway hurling job" that most certainly is not true. There are plenty of managers within the county who would be
both proud and interested in managing the senior team but have been reluctant to go forward for it while this administrative mess continues. I am hopeful that the process underway now will lead to new nominations next week and that we will have a manager appointed within the next fortnight that will at least earn everyone's goodwill. The administrative issues may not be sorted that quickly but if a Brexit agreement can be done the problems of Galway hurling surely can be solved as well!"
To win three All Ireland titles in four years at any level is an outstanding achievement. Ok he failed with this year's U20s crop but their season was just one game to be fair. From an outsider looking in, Lynskey looks the obvious choice though. Who would you have ahead of him in the pecking order? Are they any club managers with a better CV than Lynskey? As for the title of the thread, it was an opinion more than anything else.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 471 - 18/10/2019 14:24:34    2244243

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "To win three All Ireland titles in four years at any level is an outstanding achievement. Ok he failed with this year's U20s crop but their season was just one game to be fair. From an outsider looking in, Lynskey looks the obvious choice though. Who would you have ahead of him in the pecking order? Are they any club managers with a better CV than Lynskey? As for the title of the thread, it was an opinion more than anything else."
Mattie Murphy managed 6 minor All Ireland winning teams....didn't do him much good when he managed the seniors (though I would argue the championship structures back then were the biggest stumbling block to success)

Imo Lynskey would be a good choice if we were in complete rebuilding mode...i.e. discarding most or all of the established team and going totally with youth. But we are not at that stage yet.

If it was my choice and it was to be an internal appointment I would go for Brian Hanley, the current minor manager. He has worked successfully with adult teams, having done well with Westmeath hurlers some years ago. From what I know he seems to have a wise head on him. But whether he or Lynskey would want to take it anyway in the present circumstances is another question.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1310 - 18/10/2019 16:56:08    2244267

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Any names put forward by the clubs since? Surely this will need to be sorted in the next week or two?

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2746 - 22/10/2019 19:56:48    2245047

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Any names put forward by the clubs since? Surely this will need to be sorted in the next week or two?"
Apparently no. There's a cliff somewhere and we have probably gone over it.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1310 - 23/10/2019 00:26:29    2245126

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Why hasn't Jeffrey Lynskey's been nominated for the Galway senior job? I haven't seen anything about him not wanting it. He has been heavily involved in Galway underage coaching for years now. He won the All Ireland in his first year in charge of the minors and won two more after that. Lynskey managed the U20s this year too so he has plenty of experience with the players coming through."
So was Mattie Murphy back in the day and Alan Mulholland with our footballers. Both had decent underage success but senior does not necessarily follow. Also Galway hurling could be entering a rebuilding period as most of the key guys are probably past their best.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1640 - 23/10/2019 09:10:51    2245141

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I personally think Galway have a bit of a problem with Player power. Some players seem to have a lot of influence. This issue must be tackled in my opinion. I heard rumours, which may or may not be true, of senior players approaching certain mentors to be the new management team. It is important that a new coach gets on ok with the players, but it is not imho for the players to pick the team.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1703 - 23/10/2019 11:49:11    2245186

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Cyril Farrell is the only man to go in and sort it out now. A compromise candidate and would do a solid job for one year. Probably even win an All Ireland so he would.

Jeffrey Lynskey is certainly NOT the man to go in. A hugely divisive record already. Would be detrimental to Galway hurling to get him in.

clare_sparrow (Galway) - Posts: 270 - 23/10/2019 12:21:28    2245196

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Replying To galwayford:  "I personally think Galway have a bit of a problem with Player power. Some players seem to have a lot of influence. This issue must be tackled in my opinion. I heard rumours, which may or may not be true, of senior players approaching certain mentors to be the new management team. It is important that a new coach gets on ok with the players, but it is not imho for the players to pick the team."
I would think you are in a minority of one in your assessment of the current difficulties. Unfortunately the current logjam may not be sorted unless and until the players take action. There seems to be inertia all round, both the clubs and county board sitting on their hands. It is like as if nobody cares. Something needs to be done immediately. A lot of damage has been done to Galway hurling due to this festering.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1310 - 24/10/2019 05:57:40    2245371

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "I would think you are in a minority of one in your assessment of the current difficulties. Unfortunately the current logjam may not be sorted unless and until the players take action. There seems to be inertia all round, both the clubs and county board sitting on their hands. It is like as if nobody cares. Something needs to be done immediately. A lot of damage has been done to Galway hurling due to this festering."
I disagree, yes there has been indecision, but it is imho more important to take time and get the right man for the job.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1703 - 24/10/2019 10:10:55    2245385

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Nobody is entitled to the job, ridiculous thread. Would like to see a caretaker like Conor Hayes takeover for one season or 2, a man that puts county before personal interest.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1294 - 24/10/2019 10:41:03    2245392

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "Nobody is entitled to the job, ridiculous thread. Would like to see a caretaker like Conor Hayes takeover for one season or 2, a man that puts county before personal interest."
At this stage I wouldnt be surprised to see a "caretaker" type manager come in for one season. Not sure Farrell or Hayes would be the right man though.
A lost season with a team that are around their peak or possibly just gone slightly past it could be detrimental to Galway.
Canning and Burke will be 31 and 30 when the new season kicks off. Arguably Galways two most important players. 2020 is a big year for these two in particular.

Surely at this stage it must be at crisis point. It seems really strange that no big names have been mentioned outside of Davy for the job.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2746 - 24/10/2019 23:06:54    2245602

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The players must want the manager, that's the way it is at the moment. You need to read between the lines. If the players want Jeffrey Lynskey then he will be the next manager.

heartbroken (Galway) - Posts: 287 - 25/10/2019 07:36:42    2245625

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It is looking like Anthony Daly to me.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1703 - 25/10/2019 13:22:56    2245706

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Replying To tiobraid:  "At this stage I wouldnt be surprised to see a "caretaker" type manager come in for one season. Not sure Farrell or Hayes would be the right man though.
A lost season with a team that are around their peak or possibly just gone slightly past it could be detrimental to Galway.
Canning and Burke will be 31 and 30 when the new season kicks off. Arguably Galways two most important players. 2020 is a big year for these two in particular.

Surely at this stage it must be at crisis point. It seems really strange that no big names have been mentioned outside of Davy for the job."
Well that changed over night! Definitely some big names linked now. It'll be interesting to see what happens from here.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2746 - 25/10/2019 21:11:22    2245822

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