Fennelly to take Offaly reins

August 27, 2019

Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup.
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Former Kilkenny star Michael Fennelly has been proposed to become Offaly’s next senior hurling manager.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks man, who was named Hurler of the Year in 2011, will take over from caretaker boss Joachim Kelly, who had succeeded Kevin Martin midway through this past season.

An eight-time All-Ireland winner with the Cats, he is set to be handed a two-year term in the Faithful County, with a statement from the Offaly county board this evening reading as follows:

“Offaly GAA are pleased to announce that the Management Committee are recommending the appointment of Michael Fennelly as the Offaly Senior Hurling Manager for a 2 year term with an option for a third year.

“The aim of this appointment is to bring pride and stability back to the Offaly jersey with the support of Michael and his backroom team. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and competence in all aspects of the modern-day team preparation. This is a challenging task and to be successful it will need the support of the players, their families, the clubs and all the people involved in Offaly GAA.

“Michael is confident of what he has learnt in his later years as a player and has always conveyed a passionate interest in the dynamics of the manager’s role. This is shown through his commitment off the field by studying for a doctorate in leadership sport. Michael is looking forward to the upcoming Offaly club championship and will use these games as the platform to choose his panel for 2020.

“Michael is due to ratify his backroom team in the coming weeks. This is a very important time for Offaly hurling and we want to wish Michael all the best over the coming year with his backroom team and new panel of players.”

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