THE OFFALY COUNTY Board has appointed former player and manager Tom Coffey as interim boss following a management committee meeting on Sunday.
Coffey will take charge of the Offaly footballers in this year’s championship following Gerry Cooney’s resignation last Thursday.
Offaly finished bottom of Division Three, losing six of their seven games, prompting the board to ‘reluctantly’ accept Cooney’s decision to step down.
He has taken over the reins with immediate effect and his backroom staff will be announced shortly. He also served as interim manager in 2009 when Richie Connor stood down.
Coffey, who guided Rhode to a Leinster club final appearances in 2008 and 2010, had been the favourite to land the manager’s job in October of last year before deciding to pull out of the race. He took over Athlone GAA this January.
According to the Offaly Express, Coffey had originally lined up former team-mates Phil O’Reilly and Colm Quinn as his selectors
He appeared as corner-back for The Faithful when they won the Leinster Senior Football Championship in 1997.