Stephen Wallace has hit back at the Offaly county board after his sacking as football manager this week.
The county board confirmed via a statement on Wednesday night that Wallace would not continue in his role with the Faithful county, following allegations of a player bust-up after last weekend’s Leinster SFC defeat to Wicklow in Portlaoise.
Speaking to RTE Sport in the wake of sacking, Wallace insists that, contrary to some reports that he had lost the dressing room, he retained the full backing of his players to continue in his role as manager:
“The players issued a statement, which they handed to the County Board chairman Tommy Byrne, (saying) ‘We look forward to the challenge and improving our performance. We’re very committed to playing for Offaly under the current management. We would also like to confirm that no player has engaged with local or national reporters since last Sunday’s game.
“Full backing from the players (but) I received a phone call from the chairman saying I had been relieved of my duties.
“Obviously, I’m totally disillusioned with this phone call I’ve received. The big concern for me, and any manager would attest to this, the backing of the players is paramount.
“The statement that was handed to the chairman has confirmed that the players were 100% behind me as manager and my backroom team, yet the county board have decided to remove me from my position.”
The Offaly board have confirmed that steps will be taken to install an interim management team as soon as possible, as they look to pick up the pieces from a season that has descended into chaos.