Cribbin steps down as Offaly manager

Tom Cribbin has resigned as Offaly senior football manager after three years in charge.

Tom Cribbin has resigned as Offaly senior football manager after three years in charge.

Cribbin had asked for more time to consider his future in the aftermath of Offaly's All-Ireland SFC qualifier loss to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on July 9.

The Kildare native's final season was a disappointing one. Offaly finished fourth in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, losing two of their final three games to Tipperary and Westmeath.

The Faithfuls lost to Wexford in their Leinster Championship and after recovering to beat Monaghan in the qualifiers, Limerick ended their run with a 3-13 to 0-15 defeat.

The Offaly County Board issued a statement this morning, confirming: "Tom Cribbin has informed Offaly County Board Chairman Pat Teehan that he will not be seeking a further term as Offaly senior football manager.

"Pat Teehan thanked Tom for his contribution to Offaly football over the past three seasons, saying it was always all about Offaly with Tom and never about himself.

"We wish Tom all the very best."

The process to find a replacement for Cribbin will now kick in. The selection committee, which will be headed by Pat Teehan and County Board Secretary Martin Boland, has already been appointed.

The other members of the selection committee are St. Brigid's delegates Laz Molloy and Mick Casey, Gerard Noonan from Rhode and Ballycumber's Jim Kelly.

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