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Offaly's hurlers have found their new manager

Two-time All-Ireland winner Kevin Martin is set to be ratified.

Offaly: beaten by both Galway and Waterford in the championship last summer.
Offaly: beaten by both Galway and Waterford in the championship last summer.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

KEVIN MARTIN IS set to be ratified as the new Offaly senior hurling manager.

The Faithful county board confirmed last night that Martin, a two-time All-Ireland winner and two-time All-Star as a player, has been recommended by their headhunting committee.

The appointment is expected to be rubber-stamped at the next meeting of the Offaly county committee.

Martin was player-manager of his native Tullamore when they won the county title in 2009, their first crown in 46 years, and also managed Clough-Ballacolla to the Laois hurling championship in 2015.

He previously managed Westmeath for a short stint in 2010/2011.

Martin’s appointment was recommended by a five-man committee: county chairman Tommy Byrne, secretary Eamonn Cusack,former Offaly players Pat Fleury and Martin Cashen, and inter-county referee Brian Gavin.

The rest of his backroom team will be announced at a later date.

Offaly won just one game in Division 1B last season and lost to Tipperary in the National Hurling League quarter-finals, before crashing out of the championship with defeats against both eventual All-Ireland finalists Galway and Waterford.

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