Baker looking to cook up winning recipe for Offaly

SUBJECT to confirmation at the November meeting of the County Board, former Clare hurler Ollie Baker will be appointed as the next Offaly Senior Hurling manager.

SUBJECT to confirmation at the November meeting of the County Board, former Clare hurler Ollie Baker will be appointed as the next Offaly Senior Hurling manager.

The committee set up to select a new manager made the recommendation this week.

The former All Ireland winner takes over from Joe Dooley who stepped down after four years in charge at the conclusion of Offaly’s 2011 campaign.

An All Ireland winner in 1995 and 1997, Baker is currently a Garda Sergeant based in Tullamore.

Another Clare native, Alan Cunningham, will join the management team as coach. Selectors from within Offaly will be announced in the coming days.

Baker is the second Clare man to take charge of Offaly in recent years following Mike McNamara who managed the Faithful County in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Baker was a selector under McNamara with the Clare team but their tenure came to an end at the end of 2009 after the players had expressed a vote of no confidence in the manager.

More recently he was a member of the Antrim management team with Dinny Cahill.

Daithi Regan, Paddy Kirwan, Padraig Horan, Kevin Martin and Damian Fox were also interviewed for the position.