Offaly Hurling was thrown into disarray last night when it was learned that Michael Bond has quit his post as manager. Now a special committee is to be set up by County Chairman, Brendan Ward to seek a replacement.

Bond took over from Michael “Babs” Keating in controversial circumstances after last season’s Leinster final defeat and guided the Faithful County to their second All-Ireland success of the ‘90’s via the back door. They lost the Leinster final to Kilkenny again this year in a defensive display that saw the “Cats” score five goals. They could not avail of the back door again, however, as Cork beat them in a close All-Ireland semi-final.

In other news Galway have won the Intermediate All-Ireland hurling final.