McManus rejects Offaly invitation

Updated: May 18, 2012

Ciaran McManus has decided not to come out of retirement and return to the Offaly senior football panel

Offaly has had a poor season this year with the side being relegated out of the Division 3 National football league. After this happened manager Gerry Cooney stepped down after only spending six months with the squad.  Tom Coffey was appointed manager until the end of the season and desperately sought about bringing back some of the old stars. These included, McManus, Scott Brady and Karol Slattery. All three players have decided not to return to the faithful county.

McManus was one of the greatest footballers in the country when he played and he would have made his way onto any side. He decided to retire from inter county football last winter after spending 15 years playing with Offaly. Unfortunately McManus could not commit to the training anymore which is a huge pity as he was a glorious footballer who dominated the midfield position for much of his career.

“He was unable to commit. It would be very unfair to give a 36-year-old three weeks’ training ahead of the Kildare game,” Coffey told the Tullamore Tribune.

“He needs to be protected as well, after all the great games he has played for Offaly.”

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