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Six Laois football clubs reappoint managers for 2018 season

Six football clubs have reappointed their managers for the coming year
Six football clubs have reappointed their managers for the coming year

More than a third of the senior football clubs in Laois have reappointed their managers for the 2018 season.

Six of the sixteen teams have kept faith with the men who guided them in 2017.

Unsurprisingly, Paul Julian will be back for a second go at the Ballylinan job having led them to their first senior final in 30 years last year.

He will once again be joined in his backroom team by Eamonn Lacey and former Laois selector Kieran Kelly.

Their neighbours St Joseph’s have also held on to their manager, albeit there is a change to his selectors.

Dessie Brennan will once again be in charge and will be flanked by Noel Garvan and goalkeeper Dan Nelligan.

Meanwhile, following St Joseph’s promotion to Intermediate, Martin Dempsey will leave his role as senior selector to take charge of that team solely.

Elsewhere, Crettyard have held on to Peter Brennan while Portarlington have also retained the duo that reached the championship semi final.

Noel Coss and Des Cooney will be back for another go with the aim of building on last year’s progression with this young team.

Former Laois footballer Padraig Clancy is set to have a very busy year as he will be holding two roles.

He will be a selector with his native Timahoe and will also remain as Graiguecullen manager, where he will hope to build on their semi final appearance from last year.

Meanwhile, and unsurprisingly, Paul Lawlor will once again act as player-manager for Emo.

He led his club back to the senior ranks last year at the first time of asking and will be hoping to keep them there.

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