Former Galway hurler Alan Kerins believes that whoever succeeds outgoing manager Micheal Donoghue has a “huge act to follow”.

The Tribesmen are yet to appoint a new boss, since Donoghue’s departure in August.

Regardless of who fills the hot-seat, they will have big boots to fill, according to Kerins.

“Micheal’s a fantastic manager, he put unbelievable professional structures in place that weren’t there before,” said Kerins, who was speaking at the 2019 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards.

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“Micheal doesn’t accept mediocrity, he lives by his standards and he sets unbelievably high standards which you need to do in this elite game for the betterment of Galway hurling and the betterment of Galway sport. So, it’s very unfortunate that it has come to this, so let’s see what happens going forward, but it’s a huge act to follow.

“He won an All-Ireland. He came within a whisker of winning two in a row. They were very unlucky this year.

“If they got over that day [against Dublin], who knows what would happen?

“It’s bitterly disappointing that Micheal Donoghue has gone. There’s reasons for that.

“We don’t know who the nominations are yet. They’re yet to be released. It’s interesting times ahead.”

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One man who we know for certain is not going to be the next Galway manager is Davy Fitzgerald. The Clare native was heavily linked with the role, but last week it was announced that he is remaining with Wexford for two more years.

“Davy managing anywhere is interesting. He brings such a passion for the game. Davy is Davy,” said Kerins.