The search is on for a new manager for the Offaly Senior Hurling team after Ollie Baker chose not to seek a third year in the post.
Offaly had performed well in their Championship outings this year against Kilkenny and Waterford however on both occasions they came up just short.
In a statement released last night, Offaly GAA ‘sincerely thanked’ the outgoing manager for his over over the past two years saying he brought ‘his renowned hurling passion to the job and his commitment to, and belief in, hurling in the county was unequivocal’.
Offaly GAA Chairman,Padraig Boland, paid tribute to both the man and the manager.
“Ollie Baker is a man of the highest integrity and while an extremely formidable negotiator on behalf of his players it was always in an environment of openness and honesty. He displayed tremendous respect for the needs of clubs and was a keen proponent of county players being available to their clubs throughout the year. He gave youth it’s chance with numerous championship and league debuts a feature of his tenure, while also offering others a second chance at an inter-county career.”
He continued, “both championship matches this year illustrated the pride that remains at the core of Offaly hurling, both on and off the field. Failure to close the deal, having done so well to create the opportunity, is possibly more about lack of individual inner belief than any lack of ability or capacity.”
Mr Boland concluded, “at a time when many potential Offaly players were unavailable for selection and the engagement of personnel to support the efforts of players wasn’t always easy I sincerely thank all those who gave such commitment to Offaly over the past two years. The sacrifices required of our players and management are the same as for this year’s All Ireland finalists, both of whom we’ve pushed to their limits over the past two years. I sincerely thank each player and management team member for that sacrifice and their immense contribution to Offaly hurling. In particular I want to thank Ollie Baker and to wish him, Michelle and their young family all the very best for the future.”