It was hard to believe that we could have got a manager of su
ch a high calibre. Its a credit the Galway board for reeling in a man of such qualities. How ever he comes in at a time of transition, a time when some of the senior lads will be calling it a day, making way for the younger talent within the county. What might not know what was going through Joe’s head in Tuam Stadium after the drab affair in the county final but he can have a certain level of hope and optimism of some of the football the lads played for the county during the year.
The fight and grit was there against Mayo, were we, for a finish where unlucky to clinch a draw in an epic final. The progression of the likes of Sean Armstrong, Michael Meehan and the lads will sure satisfy Big Joe. He however will have a lot of work on his hands to get the right men inthe right areas. We need a ruthlessness, a mean streak and a deference that will scare any team. We need to be ferocious in the tackle, these are all things Joe can bring and I for one am happy with this.
Just a quick word in his backroom team, he drafts in Sean O’Domhnaill from Connemara and Tom Naughton, an Annaghdown native. One might be disappointed by this decision but it must be noted that Tom and Seans geographical location will be a huge help to getting the best players out of the North Board & West Board, this would have been the main factor in Joes selector decision. Tom Naughton is a man who has captained Galway in the past, won an All Star in 1974 and managed teams at various levels. He will get the best out of that forward line. Sean, to his name has two All Ireland medals with Galway form 1998 to 2001 who was a towering mid fielder in his time.
Exciting times lie ahead for Joe and the boys. We wish them all the best.