Ollie Baker and Offaly part company

Updated: Friday, 30 Aug 2013 07:21 | Comments

Ollie Baker's first spell as an inter-county manager has come to an end
Ollie Baker's first spell as an inter-county manager has come to an end

Ollie Baker has ended his tenure as Offaly hurling manager, opting not to seek a third year at the helm.

The highlight of the former Clare star’s spell in charge came when Offaly saw off Wexford in the quarter-finals of the Leinster SHC in Tullamore in 2012.

The Faithful County went down fighting to Kilkenny in the quarter-finals of this season’s Leinster SHC, before succumbing to Waterford in the qualifiers.

Offaly chairman Padraig Boland paid tribute to Baker, saying: "Ollie Baker is a man of the highest integrity and, while an extremely formidable negotiator on behalf of his players, it was always in an environment of openness and honesty.

“He displayed tremendous respect for the needs of clubs and was a keen proponent of county players being available to their clubs throughout the year.

“He gave youth its chance with numerous championship and league debuts a feature of his tenure, while also offering others a second chance at an inter-county career.

"Both championship matches this year illustrated the pride that remains at the core of Offaly hurling, both on and off the field.”

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