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Knockbeg College teacher part of new Offaly football management

Knockbeg teacher John Rouse has been confirmed as Tullamore football manager
Knockbeg teacher John Rouse

It has been a tumultuous week for our neighbours across the border.

Last Sunday, the Offaly footballers lost to Wicklow for the first time in the Leinster championship for over 100 years.

It was a result which set off a chain of events which has led to Knockbeg College teacher John Rouse becoming part of a new managerial team.

Stephen Wallace was the manager last week and he had former Laois and Emo player Billy Sheehan as part of his backroom team.

But following the defeat, and Wallace’s suspension from all GAA activity following an incident in a Kerry GAA club match, the Offaly county board relieved him of his duties.

The search was on then to find Wallace’s successor ahead of the All-Ireland qualifiers in June and that was announced late last night.

Paul Rouse has been appointed as manager and will be assisted by three others.

The UCD history lecturer is a two-time County Championship winner with Tullamore in 2000 and 2002 and will lead a new management team for the duration of Offaly’s involvement in this summer’s Championship.

Stephen Darby, John Rouse and Alan McNamee will all join Rouse as his backroom staff for the duration of the Championship.

A statement from the Offaly county board confirmed the appointment: “Following a recommendation from a Committee comprising of Tommy Byrne (Chairman Offaly County Board), Pauric Pierce (Vice Chairman Offaly County Board) and Vinny Claffey an Interim Management Team has been appointed to take charge of the Offaly Senior Football Team for the remainder of the 2018 Championship.

“The Interim Management Team will be led by Paul Rouse, and will also consist of Stephen Darby, John Rouse and Alan McNamee.

“The Interim Management Team and players will have the full support of the Coiste Bainisti Uibh Fhailí in their preparations for the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers on 9 June.”

John Rouse has also been managing the Tullamore footballers since the start of this year.

Rouse has been a teacher in Knockbeg for a number of years and has coached a number of the school’s football teams, including being part of the management along with Chris Conway when they won the All Ireland in 2005.

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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.