“I have never walked away from a fight in my life. This is a fight and it is a fight we have to get on with. I am not shirking any responsibility, it is the manager’s job to get the best out of his players.
“I am not getting the best out of them at the moment. The players are giving me everything they can in training, we are just not playing as well as we can. Our form has been very poor for the past four games.”
Galway fans have been urged to be patient with their youthful team ahead of Sunday’s relegation playoff against Dublin.
Forward Damien Hayes, one of the oldest players on Anthony Cunningham’s squad, believes the new look team needs time to gel.
He said, “We haven’t made it to August in the championship since 2005, when we got to the All-Ireland final.
“Joe Canning has never played senior championship hurling for Galway in August. It’s going to happen sometime, but we’re in transition.
“Between this year’s and last year’s panel, we have 18 under-21s in our squad. The most important thing for the Walsh Cup, the Railway Cup and the league was to see that those lads were blooded, to see who’s stepping up to the mark and who wasn’t.”
Kerry topped the NFL Division One table with Mayo, Down and champions Cork also progressing to this weekend’s semifinals after the final round of league games last Sunday.
Armagh and Laois were relegated from the top division as they lost to Donegal and Down respectively.
Meath suffered a shock relegation from Division Two and will be replaced by Tyrone next season.
Longford and Wexford will meet in the Division Three final with Tipperary and Offaly relegated.
Fermanagh are promoted from Division Four and will be joined by Clare or Wicklow.
Tipp boss Declan Ryan believes the pace of league hurling this year will only benefit his team come the Munster championship.
Ryan told the Tipperary Star, “These league games this year are great preparation for the championship and the championship is not that far away.
“So, it’s great to be getting these sort of games. They are much better than training. It augurs well for the championship.”
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TIPPERARY footballers Brian Jones and Barry Grogan are to emigrate to America and join Meath star Joe Sheridan at the Wolfe Tones club in Boston . . .
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MONAGHAN boss Mattie Lennon has quit after a row with his county board over the availability of players for matches . . .
KERRY midfielder Seamus Scanlon faces up to a month on the sidelines after damaging an ankle in training with his club Currow . . .
KILKENNY hurling star Henry Shefflin is to carry the Olympic torch on behalf of the GAA when it visits Dublin in June . . .
WESTMEATH boss Pat Flanagan is to step up efforts to persuade Dessie Dolan to rejoin his county squad . . .
The death has occurred of All-Ireland winning Kerry legend and former captain John Egan.