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Sunday 20 October 2019

Galvin takes charge

Two-year term as boss for ex-Kerry footballer

Paul Galvin has been given a two-year term in charge of the Wexford Senior footballers
Paul Galvin has been given a two-year term in charge of the Wexford Senior footballers

Brendan Furlong

Former Kerry star Paul Galvin has been ratified as the new Wexford Senior football manager.

Galvin was handed a two-year term by Wexford County Board last week, replacing Paul McLoughlin who stepped down following the qualifier championship defeat to Derry, after two years in the role.

Galvin has also decided upon his backroom team that includes two Kerry natives who are both resident in Dublin, Tadhg O'Donoghue and Eamon Sayers. Also included are former Wexford players Matty Forde and Shane Roche.

The inclusion of Forde is welcome, given his tremendous contribution to Wexford football. Indeed, he is still producing the goods as a player, enjoying a key role as his club, Kilanerin, salvaged their Senior status with a relegation victory over St. Anne's on Friday.

Meanwhile, Roche is not long out of the inter-county scene.

The attacker, only retired from club football with Geraldine O'Hanrahans last year, is currently manager of the St. Martin's Senior football side, while also being in joint charge of the St. Peter's College Senior side where he teaches.

Forde is Wexford's lone All Star, in contrast to his manager's three, and he will bring a wide experience and knowledge of the local scene to the set-up, having also been more recently involved at under-age level.

With Wexford operating out of Division 4 of the league, the management's main priority must be promotion to Division 3, and building momentum once the championship arrives.

Galvin will bring huge footballing experience to the management set-up. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of the modern era, the Finuge clubman enjoyed a brilliant, and at times controversial, career.

He was the winner of four Senior All-Irelands with his native Kerry, eight Munster championships, as well as being a three-time All Star and 2009 footballer of the year.

Known for his courage, physicality and an intense passion for the green and gold, he will be hoping to bring all of those attributes to the Wexford set-up.

He was also a key playmaker with Kerry, with a tremendous workrate, something he believes any player must have to reach their potential.

He was a stalwart of the Kerry inter-county team from 2003 until his retirement in 2014.

As well as playing his club football with Finuge, he lined out in hurling with Lixnaw.

He also has three National League medals to add to his haul of accolades.

In general life he runs a fashion and lifestyle business, and he is based in south county Dublin.

He is taking over Wexford football at a critical time, since the game has hit a new low in the county, having gone all the way down to Division 4 and losing out to such sides as London and Waterford.

Now the new management will endeavour to move forward and bring football in the county out of the doldrums after a couple of very difficult years.

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