Tuesday 12 December 2017

Offaly football manager Emmet McDonnell steps down after loss to Wicklow

Emmett McDonnell
Emmett McDonnell
Emmet McDonnell's Offaly are out to revive their season after a disappointing league campaign. Photo: Oliver McVeighs / SPORTSFILE
Emmet McDonnell has made a promising start to his reign as Offaly manager
Wicklow's Seánie Furlong celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Offaly at Aughrim. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Offaly football manager Emmet McDonell has announced his decision to step down from his position after their loss to Wicklow.

In a statement issued by Offaly GAA this morning, it was announced that McDonnell had informed Offaly County Board that intended to step down after two years in charge.

The statement came several hours Offaly lost to Wicklow 3-12 to 0-17 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

“While in charge, Emmet showed great loyalty, commitment and 100pc dedication to the long term future of Offaly football.

“He worked tirelessly and left no stone unturned in his quest to return Offaly football to the top table, but sadly his time in charge was not very fruitful.

“Offaly County Board wishes to sincerely thank Emmet and his management team (Gordon McDonnell, Paul Mollen and Ronan Heavey) and all the members of his backroom team for their work and would like to wish Emmet and his team the very best for the future.”

Irish Independent

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