It was announced tonight that Eamonn Kelly has stepped down as Laois senior hurling manager.
In a written statement, Kelly said: “I have decided not to seek another term as Laois hurling manager. I have enjoyed the last 2 years and made many friends. I am disappointed not to have built on the progress we made last year and I wish Laois every success going forward.
He also thanked the Laois management and backroom team for their effort over the past year.
“I want to thank my management team of Owen Coss, Davy Hogan and Conor Gleeson and the players for their effort and dedication, and also my backroom team, all of whom have given everything for the cause of Laois hurling. Finally, I want to thank Laois County Board. I have at all times found them up-front, honest and supportive in every way”.
In the firing line
Kelly came under pressure about Laois’s dismissal results against Westmeath, Kerry and Carlow in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Laois were expected to reach the Joe McDonagh cup final, but shocking results against the aforementioned teams meant that the side faced the prospect of relegation.
A 17 point victory against Meath secured their Joe McDonagh cup status last weekend, and they will play in the division again next year.
Laois Chairperson Peter O’Neill said, “Laois GAA wish to thank Eamonn Kelly and his management team for their commitment and dedication to Laois hurling both on and off the field over the last two years and wish him and his management team well in their future hurling endeavours.
“The Executive Committee will commence the process of appointing a selection committee, to consider suitable candidates to replace Eamonn and his management team at the earliest opportunity,” he added.
No names have yet been announced of who might replace Kelly.