Monday 22 January 2018

Coffey pulls out of race for Offaly job

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

TOM COFFEY has withdrawn from the contest to be the next Offaly football manager, citing the "unprofessional" attitude of the county board as the reason for his decision.

Coffey was one of three candidates the board had been considering in recent weeks, but the length of time it is taking them to complete the process has frustrated Coffey to the extent that he has opted out.

"It's now heading for the middle of October. Offaly are out of the championship since early July and the previous manager (Tom Cribbin) stepped down at the end of July," said Coffey.

"This process is taking far too long. The interviews took place two weeks ago and there is still no word, no decision. It's unprofessional and I have informed the chairman (Pat Teehan) that I am withdrawing," said Coffey.

Cribbin's replacement will now be either former Dublin footballer Jack Sheedy or Offaly legend Stephen Darby.

Irish Independent

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