OFFALY ARE SET to turn to John Maughan to take charge of their senior football squad for the 2019 season.

The recommendation as new Offaly football boss is John Maughan.Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Maughan has been recommended by a committee comprising of Tommy Byrne, Pauric Pierce, Vinny Claffey and Eddie Fleming to take charge of the Faithful county.

Recommendation from Football Committee Tommy Byrne, Pauric Pierce, Vinny Claffey and Eddie Fleming
John Maughan Offaly Football Manager 2019 pic.twitter.com/oj48rU9RhA

— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) August 28, 2018

Source: Official Offaly GAA/Twitter

It will bring to five the number of county senior outfits that Maughan has managed after previous spells with Clare, Mayo, Fermanagh and Roscommon, while also meaning he has been in charge of counties in each of the four provinces.

Maughan steered Clare to a historic 1992 Munster title win, while also being at the helm when Mayo lost All-Ireland deciders in 1996, 1997 and 2004.

He takes over a vacancy that arose since Offaly exited the championship with Paul Rouse having filled in on an interim basis after he was appointed in May.

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Rouse took charge following the dramatic departure of Stephen Wallace that month after a provincial championship exit in their Leinster opener against Wicklow.

In the All-Ireland qualifiers, Offaly saw off Antrim by 2-20 to 1-15 before losing out to Clare by 1-19 to 2-14. They will ply their trade in Division 3 of the football league next spring after narrowly avoiding relegation to the basement tier earlier this year.

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