Saturday 25 March 2017

Cooney tipped for Faithful role

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Offaly County Board are hoping to bring the ongoing impasse over their football manager to an end at a scheduled meeting tonight.

With Ollie Baker (right) being ratified as hurling manager, the board are hopeful that a football candidate will also be in place, with speculation that Gerry Cooney is back in the frame.

Cooney withdrew his candidacy two weeks ago, but late last week there was a move to reinstall him and attempts were being made to put a team in place around him.

He is understood to be the preferred candidate of the seven-man committee to bring a protracted process, which has been ongoing since July, to an end.

The committee had three candidates in for interview but none of the three are still in contention.

Elsewhere, Roscommon had been hopeful of making an U-21 management appointment tonight, with former player Nigel Dineen the favourite, but that decision will now be made next week instead.

Roscommon have asked former county star Tony McManus and ex-manager Martin McDermott to help find a successor to Fergal O'Donnell, who recently stepped down as senior football boss.

However, Jimmy Gacquin has withdrawn his name from the running.

The Kiltoom man steered the county's U-21 footballers to a Connacht title last year, and he also won a Leinster minor title with Longford in 2002, but he is unavailable due to family commitments.

Irish Independent

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