The Offaly hurlers are once again searching for a new manager after Kevin Ryan stepped down. The Waterford native spent just one year in charge of the Faithful County.
After yet another disappointing year for Offaly hurling, their county board will be in need of a new manager.
This comes after Eamonn Kelly resigned after just one year in charge last winter. Kelly went on to take over neighbours Laois.
The Faithful managed to retain their division 1B status yet again in 2017, which is the only success Ryan can point too.
But a disappointing championship campaign which saw two hammerings at the hands of Galway and Waterford put pressure on Ryan.
This latest news coming out of the county is yet another sign of the difficulties that face the once-proud hurling county.
Many former county hurlers have expressed their sorrow at the current state of Offaly hurling. It is difficult to see how they can reform to regain their place at hurling’s top table.
One would fear that it is only a matter of time before the midland side drop to Christy Ring level, and should this happen, it’s hard to see them come back up given their lack of underage success.
The now-former manager released an official statement.
“After eight months in charge of the Offaly senior hurlers I have decided to not seek re-appointment for 2018. I feel my re-appointment (were it to happen) would be divisive and make progress for Offaly hurling extremely difficult.
“I believe an Offaly person with traditionalist values would best fill the needs of the Senior Hurlers and the Hurling Public.
“Thanks to those who welcomed and supported me in Offaly”
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena
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