Saturday 10 December 2016

Ryan and Kelly set for midland roles

Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30

Paul Flynn will act as a coach to the forwards once the new management team is ratified. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul Flynn will act as a coach to the forwards once the new management team is ratified. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Waterford hurler Paul Flynn will has agreed to a coaching role with Offaly manager-elect Kevin Ryan.

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Ryan, the choice of the selection committee tasked with finding a replacement for Eamonn Kelly, - who stepped down after just one year in charge - is also from Waterford and has previously managed Carlow and Antrim.

Kelly was last night nominated as the new Laois hurling manager in succession to Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett, who resigned from the position some weeks ago.

Flynn - who previously served as a Down selector - will act as a coach to the forwards once the new management team is ratified.

Clubs in Offaly were informed of the development last night and will have a chance to ratify him at a county board meeting next Tuesday. Flynn retired from inter-county hurling after the 2008 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, having played for 15 years before that.

Former GAA president Nickey Brennan headed the selection committee who settled on Ryan and Flynn.

Further additions to the management are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Offaly have just two home games in the Allianz League Division 1B and meet Galway in their opening game in February.

Meanwhile, Kevin McStay will have to plan for 2017 without two former Roscommon captains after Geoffrey Claffey and Niall Carty announced their retirements.

Goalkeeper Claffey, who made his debut back in 2006, is also set to walk away from club football.

Carty, who was a member of the 2006 All-Ireland minor winning side, has been "dogged by injury in recent times" according to a statement released by Roscommon last night.

"They made significant contributions to two of the greatest days in recent Roscommon history: Niall in the All-Ireland minor final victory in 2006 and Geoffrey in the Connacht final victory of 2010," said McStay in the statement.

Irish Independent

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