Cooney to stay as Offaly boss – for now

Updated: March 14, 2012

At a turbulent time for Offaly football; manager Gerry Cooney has vowed to stay on despite rumours to the contrary.

Offaly have lost all four of their National League games this year by an average of more than nine points; last weekend saw the Faithful County lose by 13 to Wexford to leave them on the brink of relegation.  It also appeared to be the final straw for Cooney, who held crisis talks with the Offaly County Board on Monday night.

Cooney met with his selectors James Stewart and Tony Kenny on Monday evening and he was quick to confirm his intention to continue in the role:
“There’s no change. We’re preparing for training in Clara later on this evening and we’re planning for a game in Cavan next Sunday,” Cooney told the media.

“If people want to believe something else they can but there’s no chance of me leaving.  Some of the stuff that has been suggested has been off the mark,”

When asked if he had  “lost the dressing room”;  Cooney quickly refuted the claim:   “If I felt I had lost the dressing room I certainly wouldn’t be continuing in the job.  It’s simply not the case.”

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