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Eight-time All-Ireland winner Michael Fennelly is set to become Offaly’s new senior hurling manager.
The Kilkenny legend, who had recently been working as a performance coach with the Kildare football team, has been recommend by the Offaly management committee and is expected to be confirmed by a vote next Tuesday (Sept 3rd).
The Faithful endured a tough year which saw them relegated to Division Two of the Allianz Hurling League following a play-off defeat to Carlow.
They will also be forced to compete in the Christy Ring Cup next season after relegation from the Joe McDonagh Cup in June.
Three-time All Star Fennelly succeeds caretaker boss Joachim Kelly who replaced Kevin Martin midway through last season.
It is expected that the 34-year-old will be offered a two-year deal, with the option of a third.
"The aim of this appointment is to bring pride and stability back to the Offaly jersey with the support of Michael and his backroom team,” a statement on the Offaly GAA website said.
"Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and competence in all aspects of the modern-day team preparation.
"This is a challenging task and to be successful it will need the support of the players, their families, the clubs and all the people involved in Offaly GAA.
"Michael is looking forward to the upcoming Offaly club championship and will use these games as the platform to choose his panel for 2020."
****eir sport will continue to show LIVE Allianz Leagues hurling and football next season.