Billy Walsh: I would like to take Irish team to RIO

It has gone a bit quiet on the Billy Walsh front since the the intail furor surrounding his possible departure.

New broke last month that one of Ireland’s most successful coaches across all sports was considering swapping his role as Irish High performance director for the head honcho of the American female Olympic Team.

Walsh was rumoured to be upset with interference in squad selection and as a result was considering offers from outside of Ireland.

Statements from the Sports Council and the IABA followed the news, but there has been little word on developments since.

Irish fight fans have taken solace in the fact Walsh is preparing the Irish Team for the upcoming World Championships and speaking on Newstalk today he did declare he hopes to take Ireland to RIO 2016.

When asked if he would like to stay for the Rio Olympics next summer, Walsh replied:

“I would like that to happen, yes.”

Great news for now, but the High Performance boss did hint he may one day need a new challenge.

“I think that’s key to all good leaders, they know where their time is up. They know when it’s time to move on.

“For their own motivation, sometimes you need you need a stimulus as well, you might want a bigger challenges or greater challenges. Knowing that time is key.

“Or they’re in a position where they can do this standing this on their head, it’s easy, it’s too easy maybe, I need to go for bigger challenges.”


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