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Flanagan to seek another year as Offaly senior football manager

Thursday, 29 June 2017

THE future of Offaly senior football manager, Pat Flanagan will be discussed by a special County Board committee, who will also look at the appointment of county U-17 and 20 managements for next season but the Clara man confirmed on Monday that he is available and will be seeking another year at the helm.
The committee will consist of County Board chairman and secretary, Tommy Byrne and Eamon Cusack, Paul Mollen (Ferbane) and Vinny Claffey (Doon) with Ballycumber's Colm Quinn helping to look at the U-17 and 20 managements while other people may be added to it.
With intercounty U-17 and 20 championships replacing the former minor and U-21 grades next year, Tommy Byrne stated on Monday that he felt it would be most practical to have the one committee look at the appointment of all county football managements.
It is the future of Pat Flanagan which will dominate most interest in the county. The Clara man completed his third year at the helm with Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifier defeat by Cavan - he was given a two year term last November but the County Board still have the power to change management if they so desire.
Offaly stayed up in Division 3 of the National Football League this year but endured a bitterly disappointing championship campaign. They spurned a golden opportunity of advancing against Westmeath in their drawn Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final in Tullamore and then performed poorly when losing the replay in Mullingar.
The curtain came down on the season for Offaly last Sunday in O'Connor Park, after a promising first half in which they trailed by 0-11 to 0-9 having played against the wind. In the second half, however, Offaly were outplayed, conceding 1-3 without reply and not recapturing the same intensity and drive that they showed in the first half as they lost 1-17 to 0-16.
Flanagan stated on Monday that he wanted whatever was in the best interest of Offaly football. "I will sit down with the County Board and players and see what is best for everyone involved. If they want me, I will be proud to stay on but if not, I will put up with that.'
While he has a two year term, he knows that his fate is not in his own hands. 'It is up to other people to decide. I will not walk away so if people want me to stay, I will stay. If not, I will take it on the chin and walk away.'

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