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2019 Remembered: Laois GAA club look within to appoint new manager for 2020 season

Francis Finn new O'Dempsey's manager

Back in November, O’Dempsey’s announced they had a new manager.

O’Dempsey’s have appointed former player Francis Finn as their new senior football manager for the 2020 season.

Finn will become the club’s eight different manager in the last seven years and replaces fellow clubman Eddie Kelly at the helm.

Kelly’s previous five year term ended in 2014 and the Killenard outfit began 2015 with Mick Moore and ended it with Kieran Kehoe where they were relegated to Intermediate.

Former Laois footballer Leo Turley brought them back up to senior in 2016 but he departed at the end of that year to be replaced by Edenderry native Peter Brady in 2017.

He returned to Offaly at the end of that season and Rhode man Pat Daly took the reigns where he guided O’Dempsey’s to the senior county final.

They suffered defeat to Portlaoise in that game with Eddie Kelly returning for a second stint in charge this season where O’Dempsey’s were eliminated in the quarter final by Ballyfin.

Francis Finn takes this role after spending the season just gone by as part of the Laois senior football backroom team under John Sugrue.

He has also been involved in the Divisional Squads for the last two years and was with The North who finished runners-up this season.

Finn will have former Laois senior football selector Sean Cotter with him as football coach while Ross Behan will act as selector.

O’Dempsey’s become the latest Laois club to confirm a change of manager following Ballyroan-Abbey and Killeshin.

Sean Cotter


O Dempseys manager Ross Behan getting ready for the final with my twin girls Sophie and Isabelle Behan
O Dempseys Ross Behan with twin girls Sophie and Isabelle Behan

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