Manager hunt rumbles on

The hunt for a new manager for the Offaly Senior Football team continues despite the fact that both managers short listed for the position were effectively ruled out of the equation last week.

The hunt for a new manager for the Offaly Senior Football team continues despite the fact that both managers short listed for the position were effectively ruled out of the equation last week.

Tom Coffey publicly removed himself from the race last Wednesday citing the length of time it was taking to reach a decision and the unprofessional nature of the process.

Stephen Darby did not opt out of the race however he declined to go in for a second meeting with the committee noting that he had already conducted ‘a comprehensive interview’.

The Offaly Express understands that attempts were being made to force an addition to his selectors.

Stephen Darby also pointed out that Ollie Baker was appointed as Senior Hurling manager despite the fact that he did not have all his plans in place.

The third man linked with the job, Dublin native Jack Sheedy, has pledged to continue in charge of Kildare side Moorefield for 2012.

Offaly captain Niall McNamee has threatened to withdraw his services from the county next year in response to the delay in appointing a new football manager. He described the process as ‘unprofessional’ while contrasting the situation in Offaly with other counties where conditioning training has already begun for 2012.

Offaly County Board Chairman Pat Teehan declined to comment, on the remarks of individuals, as he says the process to secure an Offaly football management team is ongoing.

Mr Teehan did point out that the group of three members of the management committee and four club representatives were appointed by the County Board to put forward a management team that they consider to be the best for the future of Offaly football. He had hoped that people would refrain from comment until that process was complete when the clubs of Offaly have the final say.

More names have been linked with the job in recent days with Edenderry’s Peter Brady now amongst the favourites however it remains to be seen if the situation can be rescued