Cooney braced to become first native to take over Westmeath in 24 years

Westmeath are expected to announce Jack Cooney as their Senior Men’s Football manager after the committee tasked with recommending a new manager proposed Cooney’s name.

He will be the first man from Westmeath to take over the helm since Brian Murtagh took charge in 1992.

Cooney will take over from Colin Kelly who resigned after the Lake County’s defeat to Armagh in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

The Kinnegad clubman is a former Westmeath player and was a selector with Paidi O’Se in 2004. He also was a selector at Donegal with Rory Gallagher in 2015.

Cooney also managed Rhode and Kinnegad in recent years. It is hoped he will be ratified at a Westmeath County Board meeting on September 12th.