Saturday 25 November 2017

Offaly fall further into crisis as Cooney latest to pull out

GAELIC GAMES

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

OFFALY football was plunged into deeper chaos last night as the latest favourite to take over as manager withdrew from the running.

Gerry Cooney's decision to pull out means the county board will have to start again in their search for a replacement for Tom Cribbin.

Cooney, who sought the Meath job last season, had emerged as the favourite after the three initial candidates exited the race.

The process, which started in July when the Faithful county were knocked out of the championship by Limerick, will continue, with the same committee tasked with finding a new manager.

Tom Coffey and Jack Sheedy withdrew, Stephen Darby did not want to go back for a second meeting and now Cooney has absented himself, meaning the prize of managing one of the GAA's sleeping giants appears to be losing its lustre as the process drags on into the autumn.

Irish Independent

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