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After 3 recent All-Ireland wins, Kerry native set to become new Offaly senior football manager

Stephen Wallace is set to lead the Offaly footballers.

AFTER CLAIMING THREE All-Ireland title wins as a manager in recent years, Kerry native Stephen Wallace is set to be appointed as the new Offaly senior football boss.

Stephen Wallace celebrates after the game Stephen Wallace celebrates Kerry's All-Ireland junior title win last year. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Wallace has been recommended to take charge of the Faithful county, who have been searching for a new manager ever since Pat Flanagan was axed from the position in early July.

A committee which includes former Offaly players Vinny Claffey and Finbarr Cullen have recommended Wallace for the position, subject to ratification at the next county board meeting.

The Offaly team The Offaly senior footballers are set to get a new manager. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Wallace has guided Kerry to All-Ireland junior crowns in 2015 and 2016, while also managing his home club Ardfert to All-Ireland intermediate success in 2015.

Kerry defeated Mayo in Croke Park to win both of those junior crowns with current senior panelists Tadhg Morley, Jason Foley, Adrian Spillane, Gavin Crowley and Brendan O’Sullivan amongst the players Wallace worked with on those teams.

He was at the helm in February 2015 when his club Ardfert saw off Roscommon’s St Croan’s in the All-Ireland decider in Croke Park.

Ardfert players celebrate with the cup Ardfert players celebrate their 2015 triumph. Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

As a player Wallace hit 1-6, including the winning point, when Ardfert won the All-Ireland junior club title back in 2006 and was also part of the club’s All-Ireland intermediate winning team in 2007.

He featured for the Kerry junior side in the 2006 All-Ireland final victory over Roscommon.

David McNulty gets tackled Stephen Wallace (right) in action against Roscommon in 2006. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

His recent managerial experience also includes a stint in charge of the IT Tralee Sigerson Cup outfit.

Offaly lost out after a replay to Westmeath at the quarter-final stage of the Leinster senior championship this year before being knocked out of the qualifiers by Cavan.

They will ply their trade in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League next spring.

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