In his day job, he is a noted historian in the world of academia, but in his role as interim manager of the Offaly senior footballers Paul Rouse isn’t dwelling too much on the past as he oversaw a win for the Faithful over Antrim.

The success came in Round 1 of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, almost a month on from Offaly's defeat to Wicklow in Leinster. That reverse led to Stephen Wallace's departure-sacking as manager.

And then Rouse got the call.

On Saturday evening, the Faithful got their summer back on track with an eight-point victory.

Reflecting on what happened in Tullamore, a clearly delighted Rouse told RTÉ Sport: "Offaly footballers turned up for the first round of a qualifier and scored 2-20 and that's no bad achievement.

"We played attacking football, we went for it right from the beginning and like any team at any level we made mistakes but we made those mistakes trying to be positive.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of the footballers in that dressing room."

And now it's about trying to win another game in the qualifiers, with Rouse adding: "It was my ambition to do something for Offaly football, to not look at the past, to not worry about negatives and just play the next game.

"It's not an attempt at redemption, it's not an attempt to change anything that had happened before. It was just a determination to actually deliver a positive, attacking, I think I would say stylish performance at some level.

"The ambition of any team that wins the first round of the qualifiers is to win the second round."