Flanagan will take charge on an interim basis until Westmeath are knocked out of this year’s All-Ireland Championship.
At a heated meeting of the Westmeath Football Board in Cusack Park, Mullingar, Flanagan was finally appointed as manager following the resignation of Brendan Hackett last Saturday.
Player unrest forced Hackett to resign and it is believed since then a number of the Westmeath players met with officials from the Co. Board and as a result Flanagan’s name was put forward as the sole nomination.
Flanagan, from Clara in Co. Offaly, has previously managed club sides Clara in Offaly and Tyrrellspass in Westmeath. He successfully managed Tyrrellspass for four years during which time he guided them to back-to-back senior championships in Westmeath and reached the Leinster senior club final in 2007.
Meanwhile Limerick have made one change for next Saturday’s NFL Division 4 decider against Waterford with Conor Mullane drafted into the team at full-back. Padraig Browne moves to centre-back for Shane Gallagher who was injured in the final round game against Leitrim, but is still named in the substitutes here.
Goalkeeper Brian Scanlon who made his debut against Leitrim, retains his place for this match. Key defenders Johnny McCarthy and Stephen Lavin both remain sidelined through injury. McCarthy sustained his injury when Limerick played Waterford earlier in the league and has lost the race against time to be fit, while Lavin is continuing to recover from a shoulder injury.
In all Limerick have five new faces from the side which lost narrowly to Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds in the league encounter with established figures like John Galvin, Diarmuid Carroll and Ian Ryan amongst those back in their ranks, while Stephen Lucey is a notable inclusion amongst the substitutes.
Armagh have been boosted by the news that Enda McNulty has made a surprise return to the Orchard County fold ahead of Sunday’s Division 2 League final against Down.
McNulty, an All Star in 2002, was back in training last week, ending speculation that he had called time on his inter-county career.
Meanwhile, Ronan Clarke is back in contention to play in Sunday’s tussle with the Mournemen, having made a full recovery from an Achilles injury.
Sligo make two changes from the side that beat Roscommon for Saturday’s Allianz National Football League division three final against Antrim at Croke Park.
Francis Quinn from the Shamrock-Gaels club replaces Gary Gaughan at left half forward and Tubbercurry clubman Colm McGee comes in at right corner forward in place of Stephen Coen.
LIMERICK (SF v Waterford): B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane; D Carroll, P Browne, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; J Mullane, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley; G Collins, J Ryan, I Ryan.
Subs: C Ranahan, S Gallagher, E O’Connor, C Fitzgerald, J Cooke, E Joy, S Lucey, S Kelly, G Noonan.
SLIGO (SF v Antrim): P. Greene, C. Harrison, N. McGuire, R. Donovan; K. Cawley, M. Quinn, J. Davey; T. Taylor, S. Gilmartin; A. Costello, M. Breheny, F. Quinn; C. McGee, K. Sweeney, D. Kelly.