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Laois on the look-out for new minor football manager as Phelan steps down

Laois minor football manager Donncha Phelan
Former Laois minor football manager Donncha Phelan

Laois are on the look-out for a new minor football manager as Donncha Phelan has called time on his two year term.

The Ballyfin native took charge in 2018 and enjoyed two years at the helm.

On both occasions, his Laois team reached Leinster semi finals where they fell to the eventual champions.

In 2018, Meath defeated Laois in the last four being going on to beat Kildare in the final.

Then this year, Kildare edged out Laois narrowly in the semi final before going on to topple Dublin in the decider.

In a statement released tonight, Mr Phelan explained his reasons for stepping down.

Donncha said: “Managing any of your County Teams is both an honour and a privilege.

“To do the job to the level I believe is necessary in order to enhance a culture and raise standards so that Laois can return to the heights we all desire requires a huge commitment.

“It is a commitment I have been more than happy to make these past two seasons.

“However my little family expanded earlier this year and for now my priority is to spend time as a father and husband.

“I look forward to returning to a role within Laois GAA in the future.

“To that end I would like to thank all who made the journey possible from players and very importantly their parents, to our County Board, all of our backroom members and our supporters.”

Laois are also searching for a new senior football manager after John Sugrue stepped down last month.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.