88 days and counting as manager hunt rumbles on

EIGHTY-EIGHT days have now elapsed since Tom Cribbin’s decision to step down as Offaly Senior Football manager and still the county is no closer to finding his successor.

EIGHTY-EIGHT days have now elapsed since Tom Cribbin’s decision to step down as Offaly Senior Football manager and still the county is no closer to finding his successor.

However the list of probables and possibles who have ruled themselves out of the equation grows steadily longer with Peter Brady and Gerry Cooney reportedly opting out.

Questions have been raised as to whether the seven man committee which has thus far failed to make a recommendation regarding a new manager was in line with the terms of the so called ‘Eugene McGee agreement’ which came into being after a players strike in October 2004.

The agreement stated that the selection committee for new managers should be made up of no more than five members including the County Board Chairman and Secretary and at least two former players who had been away from the county team for between five and ten years.

Unfortunately the clubs of Offaly voted to dispense with the agreement in 2009 and that decision has lead indirectly to the current quagmire.

Of some comfort to Offaly supporters might be the knowledge that they are not alone in waiting for a new manager to be appointed. Wexford have yet to appoint a hurling manager as do Galway who postponed a meeting to appoint a successor to John McIntyre on Monday night last.

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has yet to announce a decision on whether he will stay at the helm of the All Ireland champions next year.