Friday 28 April 2017

Flanagan under fire as Offaly clubs launch stinging attack

Pat Flanagan. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Flanagan. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Pat Flanagan will defend his position as Offaly football manager when he meets Faithful clubs next Tuesday after calls for his removal at this month's county board meeting.

Offaly were hit for six goals in their 30-point Division 3 hammering away to Armagh on Sunday, which leaves them in danger of relegation to the bottom tier, and some club delegates didn't hold back with their stinging assessment of Clara native Flanagan, now in his third year at the helm.

"It looks to me that the players aren't playing for Pat Flanagan," Cappincur delegate Paul Corrigan told Midlands 103 radio. "He has brought no players through in his previous two years and is at war with clubs half the time. I don't know if his position is tenable anymore."

Wasting

Kilclonfert's Matt Kelly believes: "He doesn't know what he's doing and the men around him seem to know less. I'd be looking for a change.

"It's a scandal what's going on. We're wasting money on that man, he's bringing nothing new, he's a facility for some clubs to train, he trains players from certain clubs and he's not interested in winning."

Competitiveness had underpinned Flanagan's three-year term prior to the Antrim result and chairman Tommy Byrne warned the delegates present that "before you take radical action, you need to know where you're going next".

"Pat pointed out that in competitive games since he took over that five points is the worst defeat, really all he can say is they're going back to training on Wednesday night and with three games left they can still be saved from relegation," Byrne said.

Irish Independent

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