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'There's A lot Of Egos There That Just Want To Do It For Themselves'

'There's A lot Of Egos There That Just Want To Do It For Themselves'

Joe Canning says that unless issues with the Galway county board are sorted, then it could cause a major setback to the county's footballers and hurlers.

This month, Galway sponsors Supermac's released two statements calling for financial transparency from the county board.

"That's all it is, it's very frustrating," Canning told the Second Captains podcast when asked about seeing other county boards being run far better than Galway's.

But that hasn't just come up this year. It's years and years, in the past as well.

Hopefully from a player's perspective, it gets sorted sooner rather than later for the good of Galway hurling and football. If it's not, it's going to set us back years. I don't know who's going to sort it.

That's the unfortunate thing. There's a lot of egos there that just want to do it for themselves and I don't think for the right reasons. Hopefully, they'll understand that Galway is bigger than one or two people. Hopefully, the right thing is done at the end of the day.

Despite Micheál Donoghue stepping down as manager of the Galway hurlers in mid-August, a successor is yet to be appointed.

Last week, three candidates - including Donoghue's outgoing selectors Franny Forde and Noel Larkin, along with Tony Ward - all withdrew from the race to be the next Galway manager. It was reported that Forde and Larkin were not willing to work with county board chairman Pat Kearney.

Canning said that despite there being a perception that was Kearney to resign that Donoghue might return, "it just can't happen like that".

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The 31-year-old added that he is in the dark regarding the process of appointing a new manager.

"It's kind of gone beyond worried at this stage," said Canning.

"To be straight up about it, I don't really know what's happening.

"It's very frustrating on a player's part. If you think about it, we won the All-Ireland two years ago and we've lost two of our last 20 championships games. We're the most consistent team in the championship over the last three years. We contested an All-Ireland against Limerick last year, probably not great this year but a bit unlucky.

"We are a very competitive county team and no one wants to manage us. It's a bit strange. There's a lot of questions to be asked that's probably not asked already but that's for other people and not for players to ask.

"We want to hurl. Players want the best people available over them. When that's not available, it's very hard. That's me probably being a bit selfish because there's not many years left in me."

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He also said that he was surprised when Donoghue stepped away from the job despite having just signed a two-year extension to his agreement with the Galway county board in April.

"I couldn't really believe it, to be straight up about it. None of the players could.

"He said family reasons and stuff like that. So, you have to believe him, what he told us. They all have something left to offer, we were happy with all the management team. We still wanted him, we still probably do. They've all declared themselves that they don't want to go back. That's disappointing from a player's perspective because we're very happy with him.

"We felt that after this year, how it went, that we had something to prove to ourselves. We feel that we have a panel strong enough to compete again next year."

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