Maughan ratified officially as Offaly football boss

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Maughan ratified officially as Offaly football boss

Offaly County Board has ratified Mayo man John Maughan as the Offaly senior football manager.

Maughan takes the helm after a short-term reign ny historian and Tullamore man Paul Rouse.

Rouse had taken over after the turbulent dismissal of Stephen Wallace after the county's shock Leinster Championship exit to Wicklow.

Maughan brought Mayo to three All-Ireland finals in 1996, 1997 and 2004, and was also at the helm when Clare won the Munster title in 1992.

He has also managed Fermanagh in Ulster, meaning Offaly will allow him complete a rare feat of managing an inter-county team in all four provinces.  

He hasn't managed at county level  since resigning from the Roscommon job in 2008.

His former army colleague Tommy Carr is understood to be a part of his backroom plans.

Maughan was recommended for the Offaly job by a selection committee comprising of Tommy Byrne, Pauric Pierce, Vinny Claffey and Eddie Fleming.

Offaly will compete in Division 3 of the league early next year.