’Timing was co-incidental’ - McIntyre

09 August 2007

Galway manager John McIntyre
Erstwhile Offaly hurling boss John McIntyre has insisted that the fact that he resigned at the same time the Tipp job became vacant was purely co-incidental.

McIntyre’s departure from the Faithful County post came simulataneously with Babs Keating’s resignation.

"The timing of my decision in the context of speculation about the Tipperary job is unfortunate but the two events are unconnected," the Tipp native explained.

"The Offaly county board hold a meeting on the first Tuesday of ever month and it was an approapriate time for me to relay my decision to them."

Pointedly, he put himself down the list of contenders for the Tipp post: "The Tipperary board will probably head in Nicky English’s direction first.

"Babs wants John Leahy to take over and I believe last year’s All-Ireland minor winning manager Liam Sheedy is interested. John McIntyre is well down the pecking order."