Cyril Farrell says he was "surprised" to hear of Micheál Donoghue's resignation as Galway hurling manager, but believes there are good options available to take of the Tribesmen.
Donoghue called time on his role in the hotseat after four years that saw Galway win a League, Leinster and All-Ireland honours in 2017, as well as suffer one-point defeats in an All-Ireland semi-final (2016) and last year’s final against Limerick.
This year the Tribesmen were somewhat unfortunate to emerge out of Leinster after losing just one game, and Donoghue said in a statement last night that "the time is right" to step away.
Galway County Board Chairman Pat Kearney told RTÉ Sport this morning that he hopes to have a successor in place by 1 October.
RTÉ hurling analyst Cyril Farrell, one of only three men to manage Galway to All-Ireland success, says the demands of the job are probably what led the Clarinbridge man to make his decision.
"Micheál was very successful. They [Galway management] brought an All-Ireland which hadn't been there for years, a League title, a Leinster title," he told RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland.
"This year ended early, but it is a surprise. Everybody thought he would continue on no problem.
"I would think time is the big thing. He has a young family and is a very busy man in his business. There was no pressure for him to go from the hurling board."
Now the focus will switch to who will be appointed as Donoghue's successor.
Two names likely to crop up are men making names for themselves at underage level.
Brian Hanley's first year in charge of the Galway minors saw the Tribesmen seal a three-in-a-row and enjoyed a highly successful paying career with Athenry that yielded seven county and three All-Irelands titles.
Jeffrey Lynskey, who led the Tribesmen to three minor All-Irelands in four years before passing the baton onto Hanley, is another who could be in contention for the role.
"With all the Development squads, there are a lot of younger coaches coming up," Farrell said.
"You had Brian Hanley last Sunday with the three-in-a-row minors and Jeffrey Lynskey would be high on the list as well after winning titles. They are the local ones.
The pieces are there, it's a matter of putting it together
"There are other coaches. Mattie Kenny's name could come into the mix again, he has been there or thereabouts before, though he is tied up with Dublin.
"There are a lot of good hurlers in Galway. I was at a lot of championship games on last week and the is quality there. They are good enough. The pieces are there, it’s a matter of putting it all together."