OFFALY GAA is in turmoil once again following Gerry Cooney’s shock decision to resign as manager of the Senior Football team on Thursday.
Offaly County Board Chairman Pat Teehan issued a statement on Friday morning saying that it was with regret that he ‘reluctantly accepts’ the resignation of Gerry Cooney as Offaly Senior Football Manager.
Gerry and his management team had a lengthy meeting with the panel of players last night (Thursday) and afterwards Gerry tendered his resignation in what he described as ‘the best interest of Offaly Football’.
Pat Teehan thanked Gerry for his ‘loyalty, commitment and 100% dedication to the long term future of Offaly football’.
Offaly County Board will now commence the process of putting in place an interim management for the upcoming Championship which begins on June 17 against Kildare. Offaly County Board or Gerry Cooney will not be issuing any further statement at this time.
The former selector under Kevin Kilmurray had only taken charge in November of last year after a long drawn out process to appoint a successor to Tom Cribbin who stepped aside in July.
The initial process had to be scrapped when the committee charged with making a recommendenation took too long to do so resulting in the favoured men for the position, Tom Coffey and Stephen Darby, both withdrawing from the process.
Offaly had a poor league campaign winning just one match and eventually ending up relegated from Division 3 following a disappointing defeat against Tipperary in their final game.
A number of key players also opted out of the panel during the league while a number of veteran players were not considered for selection.