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Another one bites the dust: Cooney resigns from Faithful role

The Offaly football boss has stepped down after a disappointing National League campaign.

PAT TEEHAN, CHAIRMAN of the Offaly county board has this morning issued a statement indicating they have ‘reluctantly’ accepted the resignation of football boss, Gerry Cooney.

Offaly finished rock bottom of Division three, losing six of their seven games.

Only, now ousted, Val Andrews’ Cavan side were beaten – a 0-11 to 1-10 win over a month ago.

While the county could not be reached for comment this morning, the statement from Teehan is outlined on the county’s website as saying:

Gerry and his management team had a lengthy meeting with the panel of players last night and afterwards Gerry tendered his resignation in what he described as the best interest of Offaly Football.

The departure is the latest in a small series of managerial casualties falling out from the league. Following the heave against Andrews he reacted swiftly and offered to step away in the best interests of the county and with Cooney echoing that sentiment it is believed that the meeting was a move against the Meath-man after just over five months in charge.

The county statement continued with:

Pat Teehan thanked Gerry for his loyalty, commitment and 100% dedication to the long term future of Offaly football.

The Faithful county will now begin the search for an interim manager to see them through the Championship which, for them, begins against Kildare on June 17.

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