THE near 100 day hunt for a new manager for the Offaly Senior Football team seems to be close to a conclusion as it is expected that Gerry Cooney’s name will be put to a meeting of the County Board on Thursday.
A selector during the tenure of Kevin Kilmurray, Cooney was a key part of the team which brought Offaly on a memorable run to the 2006 Leinster Final where they were unfortunate to lose to Dublin.
He was first linked with the Offaly job following the withdrawl of Tom Coffey and the decision of Stephen Darby not to accept a second invitation to meet with the seven man selection committee.
If he does take charge, an immediate priority would be to get a winter training programme in place. He would also face the task of resolving the uncertainty surrounding Niall McNamee’s position. Such was the Offaly’s captain’s anger at the delay in appointing a new manager, he stated that he would not play for the county again ‘with the County Board the way it is’.
Originally from Tullamore, Cooney is an experienced campaigner and was a strong contender for the Meath job last year. He has also managed the Royal County’s U-21 team.