Turmoil in defeated Offaly camp as players revolt
The fallout from Offaly’s Championship defeat to Wicklow continues with a number of players indicating that they are unwilling to play for the current management team.
The Faithful County fell victim to Wicklow’s first Leinster Championship victory in five years after extra-time at O’Moore Park booked the Garden County a quarter-final clash with All-Ireland champions Dublin.
The qualifiers beckon for Offaly, but it has emerged that manager Stephen Wallace, who watched the game from the stand as part of his recent eight-week suspension, could be without a number of key personnel as they look to negotiate the back-door.
RTÉ Sport understands that several high profile players on the panel have indicated that they will not play for the county if the current management team remain in place.
It has been widely reported that there was a heated dispute in the Offaly dressing room at Portlaoise, while their top scorer in the Allianz League Nigel Dunne (pictured below) had to be convinced not to leave the ground after he was substituted in the 28th minute.
Former inter-county referee and Offaly native Brian Gavin told local radio the defeat was their “darkest day” in recent times.
“There’s a lot of unrest in the Offaly camp at the moment,” he told Midlands 103 Radio.
“What’s going on at the moment, Stephen Wallace and his management crew have definitely lost the dressing room.”
Former player Alan McNamee also vented his frustration on Twitter as Offaly now face into the qualifiers.
An awful pity to see one the best footballers in the county @JohnnyMoloney6 on the terraces today. And our ‘manager’, the man who had him there? Hiding under a hat & a hoodie in the stands? #jokematerial
— Alan McNamee (@Supes82) May 13, 2018