Anthony Cunningham has stepped down as manager of the Galway senior hurlers.
His fate as Galway manager had been due to be decided tonight at a meeting of the County Board.
In a secret ballot overseen by an independent observer last night 26 out of 32 voted "no" when asked if they had confidence in the current management.
The 50-year-old explained his decision to step down in a statement, said: "I believe the players are misguided in that they are not taking the views of their county on board. They, through their actions have shown scant respect for, and loyalty to the goodwill shown them by supporters, clubs and County GAA Committees and Management. I contend it is unreasonable to express a lack of confidence in management - how else could we have reached a winning position in an All-Ireland Final last September?
"I consider this a kangaroo court decision, led by a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as inter-county players, placing personal agendas over the greater good of Galway hurling."
Cunningham led Galway to a Leinster title in 2012 and that year's All-Ireland final, the latter feat which he also achieved again this year as they lost to Kilkenny once more in the decider.