The Offaly County Board has deferred the appointment of Pat Flanagan as new senior football manager until the former Sligo and Westmeath boss has a backroom team in place.

His appointment as Offaly boss, which had been anticipated to be rubber stamped last night, is now expected to be ratified at a special meeting within the next fortnight.

Sligo announced last weekend that its officials were seeking a replacement manager, due to uncertainty over whether Flanagan would be available to continue in the role. 

The Faithful have been managerless since Emmet McDonnell stepped down from the helm in June following the 3-12 to 0-17 loss to Wicklow in Round 1 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.