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Kevin Martin recommended as new Offaly hurling manager

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Kevin Martin recommended as new Offaly hurling manager thumbnailThe new Offaly senior hurling manager, Kevin Martin. TT42225KC

AS expected, Tullamore's Kevin Martin has been recommended as the new Offaly senior hurling manager.  The Committee charged with recommending hurling managements comprising of Chairman Tommy Byrne, Secretary Eamon Cusack and former Offaly players Pat Fleury and Martin Cashen as well as top referee Brian Gavin have recommended the Offaly hurling legend, subject to ratification at the next County Board meeting.
Martin made 74 League and Championship appearances for Offaly from 1993 to 2003, winning All-Ireland medals in 1994 and 1998.  He was player manager of Tullamore when they bridged a 46 year gap to win the Offaly Senior Hurling title in 2009, and also managed Clough Ballacolla to win the Laois Senior Hurling title in 2015.  The twice All-Star also had a stint as Westmeath Senior Hurling Manager in which he led them to Christy Ring cup success back in 2010.
Martin takes over from Waterford man Kevin Ryan and is their fourth manager in five years with Brian Whelahan (two years), Eamonn Kelly and Ryan having gone before him. The Tullamore man has a big job ahead of him with progress limited in the past few years. One of his main areas of importance will be enticing players to come on board and commit. Over the last few years, various players have opted not to be on the panel for one reason or another but for a county like Offaly, every player of worth is needed to play their part.
Martin has a good understanding with players and has already started in setting out his stall for the year ahead in terms of his panel. His ratification is expected to be a formality and the County Board may call an emergency meeting before the next scheduled full meeting in early November. Emmet Egan is set to stay on as strength and conditioning coach while the rest of his backroom team has yet to be confirmed, but that will be in place before his ratification.
Martin's first competitive game in charge will be in Croke Park on Saturday 27th January when they take on Dublin in the opening round of the National hurling league Division 1B. The game will form a double header with All Ireland football champions Dublin taking on Kildare in the opening round of the football league also.
The remainder of the league will see them at home to Limerick the following Sunday while they will be away to Galway on the 18th of February. The regular league campaign will close with what are likely to be two massive home games with Laois on the 25th of February and Antrim on the 4th of March.

 

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