Offaly GAA have confirmed that they are recommending former Kilkenny captain Michael Fennelly as the new manager of the Faithful County.
The eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny has been recommended by the Management Committee for a two-year term with the option for a third year.
A statement from the Offaly county board reads:
“The aim of this appointment is to bring pride and stability back to the Offaly jersey with the support of Michael and his backroom team. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and competence in all aspects of the modern-day team preparation. This is a challenging task and to be successful it will need the support of the players, their families, the clubs and all the people involved in Offaly GAA.
“Michael is confident of what he has learnt in his later years as a player and has always conveyed a passionate interest in the dynamics of the manager’s role. This is shown through his commitment off the field by studying for a doctorate in leadership sport. Michael is looking forward to the upcoming Offaly club championship and will use these games as the platform to choose his panel for 2020.
“Michael is due to ratify his backroom team in the coming weeks. This is a very important time for Offaly hurling and we want to wish Michael all the best over the coming year with his backroom team and new panel of players.”
It is Fennelly’s first role in senior inter-county management having won eight All-Ireland’s with Kilkenny and four with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks.