A former Portlaoise manager has been named as the new boss of a top Offaly football club.
Malachy McNulty, who spent four years in charge of the Portlaoise senior footballers, will take over at Rhode in 2020.
The Offaly club announced the news in a statement.
They said: “Chairman John Kilmurray can confirm that the executive committee of Rhode GAA laccepted the proposal of Malachy McNulty as Rhode Senior Football Manager following a recommendation from the management selection committee.”
Rhode, who are Offaly’s most decorated football team with 29 championship titles, were going for four in a row this season but were defeated by Ferbane in the final.
Rhode’s top players include Niall McNamee, Anton Sullivan, Ruairi McNamee and Niall Darby – and they will be hoping McNulty can lead them to their 30th Dowling Cup.
McNulty took over Portlaoise in 2015 and won titles that year, 2017 and 2018 – the 2016 defeat to Stradbally the only blotch on his domestic copybook.
McNulty led Portlaoise to a Leinster club final in his first year in charge where they lost out by the minimum to Ballyboden St Enda’s.
He stepped down this season with one of his selectors – Niall Rigney – taking over and leading Portlaoise to Laois championship glory once again.