Saturday 16 December 2017

Whelahan calls time as Faithful boss

Brian Whelahan has stepped down as Offaly manager
Brian Whelahan has stepped down as Offaly manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Whelahan has stepped down as Offaly hurling manager after just two years in charge.

The Faithful County legend has informed the board of his decision in the wake of his side's Championship exit against Clare last week that he would not be seeking any extension to his term.

The 'Team of the Millennium' half-back took on the position after former Clare hurler Ollie Baker's departure in 2013.

Whelahan had originally intended to take over as minor manager but the board leaned on him to fill the vacancy and he accepted.

But he could not reverse the challenging times that Offaly hurling is facing and the team suffered some disappointing results, including a first Championship defeat to Laois since 1972.

They were also beaten heavily in their opening match of the 2014 Leinster Championship against Kilkenny.

The Offaly board have said they will seek nominations and are prepared to look outside the county once more to find the right candidate.

Meanwhile, Limerick officials will conduct a review of TJ Ryan's management and report back to next month's board meeting with their findings.

Limerick's season has been a big disappointment, culminating in the loss of an eight-point lead to lose by one in Saturday's qualifier against Dublin.

Clare have issued a statement confirming that Davy Fitzgerald will remain on as manager in 2016 as planned in the wake of a second successive qualifiers exit.

They have also announced that Colm Collins will see out the remaining year of his term as football manager.

Irish Independent

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