McIntyre may return to Offaly

November 09, 2004
Speculation is rife that John McIntyre is to return as Offaly hurling manager - seven years after he was ousted after just once season in charge. The former Tipperary player, who has been based in Galway for many years, was appointed as Offaly manager in late 1996, but was replaced by Michael 'Babs' Keating after an unlucky Leinster semi-final defeat to Wexford in the 1997 championship. Offaly lost that game by three points on a day when it took a fantastic save by Damien Fitzhenry to prevent Billy Dooley from scoring an equalizing goal in injury-time. McIntyre has since done well at club level and after leading Clarinbridge to an All-Ireland club final appearance a couple of years ago, has again attracted Offaly's interest as they seek a replacement for Mike McNamara.

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