Former Galway star Anthony Cunningham has been named as the new Galway Senior Hurling team manager.
Galway Hurling Board made the announcement this evening and confirmed that Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny would work alongside Cunningham.
Cunningham was a member of the St Thomas’ club and was a key member of the Galway side in the 1980s winning All-Ireland titles at Minor and Under-21 level in 1983 & 1986 before claiming back to back senior titles in 1987 and 1988.
Cunningham’s has made the transition from player to management with ease and enjoyed success with Roscommon football side St Brigid’s who he helped to three county successes and a Connacht title in 2006.
Cunningham then led the Galway Under-21 side to the Under-21 Championship final in 2010 before landing the 2011 All-Ireland title, defeating Dublin in the final.
Cunningham is currently in charge of Westmeath side Garrycastle and is likely to remain in charge for the remainder of the AIB Club football championship.
A statement on the official Galway hurling website said “The Galway Hurling Board is pleased to confirm the appointment of Anthony Cunningham as the new Galway Senior Hurling team manager with his management of Tom Helebert and Mattie Kenny.
At a specially convened meeting of the Galway Hurling Board this evening, Thursday 27th October 2011, the Galway Hurling Club delegates approved and ratified the recommendation of the Galway Hurling Manager Interview Committee.”