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Offaly boss Emmet McDonnell targets Division 3 safety

Updated: Friday, 31 Jan 2014 10:45 | Comments

Emmet McDonnell: 'Teams tend to yo-yo back up and down from Division 4. We are hoping to avoid that'
Emmet McDonnell: 'Teams tend to yo-yo back up and down from Division 4. We are hoping to avoid that'

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Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell will be happy to keep his side in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, saying that it’s too soon to look for promotion.

McDonnell took over the reins in August 2012 and led the Faithful County out of Division 4 in his first term in charge.

The Faithful County then put up a spirited showing against Kildare in the Leinster Championship before ending their season with a heavy defeat to Tyrone in the qualifiers.

They begin life in the third tier away to Wexford on Sunday.

“Realistically, we are hoping to retain our status so that in 12 months we can build a team and challenge for promotion," McDonnell told the Midland Tribune.

“Teams tend to yo-yo back up and down from Division 4. We are hoping to avoid that.

"It is a very difficult game. It would be difficult at a neutral venue, but t is that much harder in Wexford Park. We are not under any illusions about what we are facing."

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