Monday 18 December 2017

Liam Sheedy to offer helping hand as Offaly seek new senior hurling manager

Offaly manager Brian Whelehan
Offaly manager Brian Whelehan

Michael Verney

Liam Sheedy will chair a committee to appoint the next Offaly senior hurling manager as the Faithful county move swiftly to find Brian Whelehan's successor.

The Tipparary native, who guided the Premier County to All-Ireland success in 2010, has been headhunted to help near neighbours Offaly, who have plummeted down the hurling ladder in recent years.

The move has been greeted with positivity in the Midlands and County Board secretary Tommy Byrne expressed his delight at gaining the expertise of the Portroe man.

"We got our target. We've met with him and formulated a plan of action and we're more than happy that we're moving forward in the right direction with this appointment," Byrne confirmed.

Liam Sheedy, Chairman of the Hurling 2020 Committee, speaking at the GAA Annual Congress 2015
Liam Sheedy, Chairman of the Hurling 2020 Committee, speaking at the GAA Annual Congress 2015

"What attracted us to Liam was his vast experience and especially his recent experience. He's a successful manager and he can add a lot and help us find what we're looking for."

He stated that the work to find the next manager will commence immediately and wishes to have a name for ratification at September's county board meeting.

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"We're starting from today. We're drawing up a list and we hope to have a manager in place by the time the quarter finals of the club Senior Hurling championship rolls around," the long-serving County Board official said.

"This will give the new manager the chance to get up to speed with the players at his disposal and put together a plan going forward."

Sheedy will be joined by county chairman Padraig Boland, former players Rory Hanniffy and Joe Brady as well as Byrne on the five-man committee.

"Having Rory and Joe on board is important too as they're both recently retired and their finger would be on the pulse with regards to the calibre of individual required in inter-county management today," Byrne added.

He confirmed that former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid and Kilcormac/Killoughey boss Danny Owens have shown interest in the vacant post.

Whelehan's ill-fated reign as Faithful boss concluded after a harrowing 3-26 to 0-15 Qualifier defeat to Clare in early July which was preceded by a championship loss to Laois, their first in 43 years.

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