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Laois turn to former All Star to head up search for new football manager

Fergal Byron played for Laois from 1997 to 2007 and was a selector during Justin McNulty's time as manager

Laois GAA have appointed former All Star goalkeeper Fergal Byron to spearhead the search for a new senior football manager, following Peter Creedon’s decision not to seek reappointment last week.

Byron, who played for Laois from 1997 to 2007, was an All Star in 2003. The Courtwood man will be joined on a three-man committee by Donie Norton from The Heath and Michael Murphy, a Kerry native who has been resident in Laois for a long number of years and would be well known from his role as manager of number of hotels in the area including the Montague Hotel, the Seven Oaks and The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.

Norton and Byron worked together on the backroom team during Justin McNulty’s spell as manager.

The three-man committee was officially put in place at a Laois GAA executive meeting on Thursday night and will get to work straight away in sourcing what will be Laois’s fifth manager in six years.

McNulty (2011-2013), Tomas O Flatharta (2014-2015), Mick Lillis (2016) and Peter Creedon (2017) have all held the role in recent years.

It is believed that the three men will identify and meet potential candidates and recommend a name to Laois GAA officials for formal ratification. While there is no definite time frame on when an appointment will be made, there is a preference for someone to be in place for the latter stages of the local club championships.

The clubs of the county have also been asked to nominate candidates for the position.

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