Limerick legend Joe Quaid throws hat into Offaly ring

Limerick hurling legend Joe Quaid has confirmed his interest in managing Offaly, though former boss Joe Dooley has emerged as a surprise contender to return to the role.

Limerick legend Joe Quaid throws hat into Offaly ring

Quaid and Christy Ring Cup winning Kerry boss Eamonn Kelly remain the lead candidates for the midlands vacancy though suggestions of Dooley’s interest in the role he previously held from 2008 to 2011 may pique the interest of officials.

It remains to be seen how the committee appointed to find a new Offaly manager, headed by Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy, feel about pursuing a former boss. Three-time All-Ireland winner Dooley had a chequered spell in charge of his native county though bowed out with a creditable one-point All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Cork in 2011.

Four-in-a-row chasing Kilcormac-Killoughey club manager Danny Owens has also expressed an interest in succeeding Brian Whelahan with the interview process currently ongoing.

It’s understood Offaly officials plan to confirm an appointment at their September county board meeting.

Quaid, who guided Limerick’s intermediate camogie team to the 2014 All-Ireland title, confirmed he had registered his interest in the position.

The former Shannonside goalkeeper faced Offaly in the 1994 All-Ireland decider and admitted he’s keen on the challenge of reinvigorating a county currently in flux. Under Whelahan in this year’s Championship, 1998 winners Offaly slipped to a shock defeat to Laois that relegated them to the qualifier series of Leinster games for 2016.

“They are probably as low as they have been in a few years, but I feel there’s a good opportunity there to push them in the right direction,” said Quaid. “A proposal has gone into them and it’s a wait and see situation now. I can’t say much more than that.”

Quaid declined to outline his proposed management team in full while Tipperary man Kelly was equally reticent when contacted.

Kildangan club man Kelly, who inspired a breakthrough 2015 season for Kerry that yielded promotion to Division 1B of the Allianz league and the MacCarthy Cup, said the situation is currently being worked through.

Former All-Ireland medallist Owens expressed his interest in the role several weeks ago after Whelahan ended a two-year stint.

Owens guided Kilcormac-Killoughey to their first senior county title in 2012 and they went on to contest the All-Ireland club decider the following march, losing to St Thomas of Galway.

They retained the Offaly title in 2013 and 2014 and are currently challenging for a remarkable four-in-a-row of successes.

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