Offaly appoint Cooney and Baker

The Offaly County board last night ratified the appointment as Gerry Cooney as the new Offaly senior football manager with Ollie Baker taking over as the county’s hurling boss.

Former Meath star Cooney, who won back to All Ireland’s in 1987 & 1988 replaces Tom Cribbin who stepped down after the qualifier defeat to Limerick during the summer.

The appointment of Cooney has not been the smoothest of rides for the County Board with Stephen Darby who was originally interviewed for the position withdrawing from the race over his perceived treatment by the board while Jack Sheedy also withdrew.

Then there was a last minute proposal from a Tullamore delegate that Cooney not be appointed which was later withdrawn allowing the appointment to be finalised.

Former MeathUnder-21 manager Cooney is originally from Tullamore and was previously a selector under Kevin Kilmurray when Offaly qualified for the 2006 Leinster SFC decider.

The appointment of All-Star midfielder Ollie Baker was more straightforward with the 37 year old succeeding Joe Dooley as the new Offaly senior hurling manager.

Baker will be assisted by Mark Corrigan and Paudge Mulhare as selectors.

The Clare native is based in Tullamore and has previously worked with Westmeath and Antrim as well as been a Clare selector under Mike McNamara.


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