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Former Laois player linked with Offaly coaching role

Billy Sheehan is being linked with a role in the Offaly senior footballers backroom team
Billy Sheehan

Former Laois forward Billy Sheehan is being linked with a coaching role with our neighbours Offaly.

The Irish Examiner are reporting that Sheehan is being lined up as part of Offaly manager Stephen Wallace’s backroom team.

If true, it would see the former Emo footballer link up with the Kerry man in the Faithful County.

Wallace comes with a decent pedigree having previously won the All-Ireland Junior title with Kerry.

He also won an All-Ireland intermediate club title with Ardfert and was recommended by a committee charged with finding a replacement for Pat Flanagan, who departed his role after a three-year stint following defeat to Monaghan in the qualifiers.

Sheehan, who had been linked with the then vacant Laois managerial role in recent weeks, is set to come on board after spending two years as a coach in Cork.

Sheehan was part of Peadar Healy’s Cork backroom team during 2016 and 2017 – with the manager stepping down a following defeat to Mayo in the Qualifiers.

Wallace will go before the Offaly County Board for ratification at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 3.

The county failed to win a championship game this year, while last year’s Leinster preliminary quarter-final win over Longford was their first in the province since 2007.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.