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Joe Kernan reaches end of the road

Joe Kernan's brief reign as Galway football manager is likely to end this evening.

It is believed that Kernan has issued a letter of resignation but this could not be confirmed yesterday.

Kernan (inset) was unavailable for comment yesterday and a brief statement from Galway Football Board said the matter would be raised this evening.

“At our last meeting we gave an undertaking to the clubs that we were going to review the situation with the manager.

“We have done that and we will be reporting back tomorrow night at our meeting with the clubs,” said the statement yesterday.

The meeting of Galway football board this evening in Loughgeorge will deal with the issue after which the search is likely to begin for what will be Galway's fourth manager since 2007.

Sligo boss and former double Galway All-Ireland winner Kevin Walsh is likely to be installed as the firm favourite to take over, although the former All-Star may decide to spend a third year with the Yeats County given the success he has enjoyed there.

Kernan's likely departure follows a disappointing first year in charge.

The former Armagh boss met with Galway officials last week to review his first season in charge and plan for the future.

Kernan took over last autumn from Liam Sammon but his first season did not go well, with injuries to a number of key players seriously impacting on his campaign.

Galway flirted with relegation during the national league before morale-boosting wins over Tyrone and Dublin secured their top flight status and gave encouragement ahead of the Championship.

That Championship campaign almost bombed in New York when it took a superb display from Padraic Joyce to force a 2-13 to 0-12 win.

But after rallying late to salvage a draw against Sligo in Pearse Stadium, Galway were turned over by Kevin Walsh's men a week later in Markievicz Park.

Worse was to follow a week later when Wexford, another division three side, came to Pearse Stadium and dumped Galway out of the Championship.

Since then Kernan's future has hung in the balance and while the initial indications were that he would remain, it is believed that a parting of the ways occurred over the weekend.

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