White smoke over Galway as McIntyre succeeds Loughnane



By Colm Keys

Wednesday November 19 2008

The long wait is over for John McIntyre who was last night ratified as the new Galway hurling manager.

McIntyre, who twice before had put his name into the hat for one of hurling’s prestigious jobs, only declared his intention to run over two weeks ago, long after the hurling board had voted out Ger Loughnane.

The former Tipperary hurler, who has managed Offaly on two different occasions, beat off competition from long-time favourite for the job Michael Bond and the former Galway manager Noel Lane.

It was thought that Bond’s name would be put forward after a second round of interviews on Sunday night.

But when the five-man committee met again late into the night on Monday momentum apparently swung to McIntyre, the sports editor of the ‘Connacht Tribune,’ who will be joined on the ticket by 1980 All-Ireland winning captain Joe Connolly, former victorious minor boss John Hardiman and U-21 selector John Moylan.

McIntyre will be the first Galway boss to take the Tribesmen into the Leinster championship when they take on Laois next May.

He has worked with a string of clubs in Galway, leading Sarsfields and Clarinbridge to county final victories while he also coached Abbeyknockmoy, Kinvara and Loughrea.

McIntyre, who stood down as Offaly manager at the end of the 2007 championship, becomes the first Tipperary man since ‘Babs’ Keating in
1979 to take charge of Galway.

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