Offaly lose manager after six months

Updated: April 20, 2012

Gerry Cooney has resigned as Offaly’s football manager after just six months in charge.

A brief statement from Offaly County Board Chairman Pat Teehan simply confirmed that he had ” reluctantly accepted the resignation of Gerry Cooney as Offaly senior football manager”

According to the Board : “Gerry and his management team had a lengthy meeting with the panel of players last night 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.

“The Offaly County Board will now commence the process of putting in place an interim management team for the Championship. The County Board or Gerry Cooney will not be issuing any further statement at this time.”

Cooney’s resignation follows an exceptionally poor Allianz League campaign in which they had but one win and six defeats. Cooney was only appointed as Manager in November 2011 following the resignation of Tom Cribbin in July after the Faithful county had exited the 2011 Championship following defeat against Limerick.

After the disastrous League campaign just ended , any new Manager will face a huge task to restore confidence to the players , facing a first round Leinster Championship tie with Kildare on June 17th and less than two months to put his team together. For the sake of Offaly football let us sincerely hope that the appointment of a new or interim management team will be a swift process this time round . Last time some candidates withdrew simply because of the length of time taken to reach any decisions.

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