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Cooney to battle on with struggling Faithful

Gerry Cooney has renewed his commitment to managing the Offaly football team after weighing up the options at a meeting with his fellow selectors on Monday night.

Offaly County Board have confirmed that Cooney will continue to manage the team, despite a poor start to their Division 3 League campaign.

Cooney has the backing of the Offaly executive, whom he spoke with after addressing the players in the wake of a heavy defeat to Wexford on Sunday. The feeling among the players was that the management were considering their future.

He said on Monday that he was aware of rumours about an impending departure, but didn't elaborate ahead of the meeting.

If Cooney had departed, Offaly would have been left looking for their eighth manager in 12 years. The board will be relieved that this scenario has been avoided for now.

The current management have been badly hampered by the absence of so many of last year's panel through injury and apathy. And numbers are understood to have been low at some training sessions in recent weeks.

But the return to action of Niall McNamee should help to lift flagging spirits in the wake of those four successive defeats.

Meanwhile, Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick has confirmed that Shane Lennon will miss the rest of the season because of a worsening hip condition. Lennon, full-forward on the team that lost to Meath in the controversial Leinster final in 2010, will undergo surgery next month to repair a problem with an ingrowing bone in the hip area.

"At first we thought that Shane's problem was groin-related, but it was then discovered that his hip was the problem," Fitzpatrick said.

"It's a huge blow for Louth and for Shane. "

Louth may also be without Ray Finnegan, Paddy Keenan and Brian Donnelly for Sunday's visit to Kildare, while Brian White and Mick Fanning are not deemed fit enough yet after returning from their travels.

Monaghan also have injury concerns surrounding Tommy Freeman and Kieran Hughes for their meeting with Laois.