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Kellaghan to opt out of Rhode as Tipp opportunity opens up

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Kellaghan to opt out of Rhode as Tipp opportunity opens up thumbnailPaschal Kellaghan, Rhode Senior Football Manager. OH40-3-21554

PASCHAL Kellaghan will be stepping down as Rhode senior football manager at the end of the year.
Kellaghan has accepted a job as a coach with Tipperary senior footballers but had always intended stepping down as Rhode manager at the end of this season.
He will oversee their campaign in the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship, beginning with this Sunday's home opener against Portlaoise in Tullamore, and obviously if they do win a provincial title for the first time in their long history, this will change the goal posts but at the moment, it looks like this year will be his last season in charge of his home club.
His appointment with Tipperary is not the reason for him ending his term with Rhode and he told the Tribune last week that it didn't prohibit involvement with a club team.
In Tipperary, he will work with manager Liam Kearns and selectors, Shane Stapleton, Paul Fitzgerald and Brian Lacey. The Tipp team's sports psychologist is former Tullamore footballer, Niall Stack - a garda who has studied sports psychology in his own time and has gained plaudits for his work with former Irish soccer player, Cillian Sheridan in Cyprus - (where he was based for over a year on a Gardai peace keeping force).
Kellaghan is a former Offaly and Rhode senior footballer. A member of the Rhode team that bridged a twenty three year famine when winning the Senior Football Championship in 1998, he won further senior medals in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 before stepping aside - he has played intermediate football since then but has effectively wound down his playing career as management became his primary GAA focus. He made 84 appearances for Offaly between league and championship between 1999 and 2008 and was a regular on the team for much of the decade.
He has made considerable progress since moving into team management a few years ago as he began to ease down his playing career. He has enjoyed success with Ballinabrackey in Meath and Monastervan in Kildare where he has also managed Athy senior footballers.
He has also managed Offaly minor and U-21 footballers and was among the contenders for the Offaly senior football manager's vacancy after Pat Flanagan's departure earlier this year - Kellaghan was not interviewed for the job after the selection committee decided to target an outside appointment and eventually proposed Kerry man, Stephen Wallace.
So far a trend in Kellaghan's managerial career has been to do short rather than long term stints with a team and he stated that it was always his intention to do just two years with Rhode.
He leaves Rhode in good fettle as they won a record 28th Senior Football Championship and their first back to back titles since 2006 when they completed three in a row (Stephen Darby was the manager then). "I am looking forward to the new challenge", he said about his new role with Tipperary, who will compete in Division 2 of the National Football League next year.
See page 68 for preview of Rhode's game against Portlaoise.

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