Laois senior hurling manager Eddie Brennan has stepped down from his role.
In a statement released on behalf of him and his fellow management team – Tommy Fitzgerald and Niall Corcoran – the Kilkenny native explained the news.
He said: “On behalf of the Laois senior hurling management team, I wish to inform you we will be stepping down and not going forward for 2021 season.
“We would like to thank all persons concerned that we worked with over the last two years and in particular the players who gave us great efforts and dedication.
“We would like to wish everybody associated with Laois GAA the best in the future and wish them every success.
“Eddie Brennan, Niall Corcoran and Tommy Fitzgerald.”
In response, Laois GAA expressed their disappointment with the decision.
They said: “Laois GAA is disappointed that our outgoing Management team has decided not to commit for 2021.
“Laois GAA wish to thank Eddie, Niall & Tommy for their dedication and excellent work for the past 2 years.
“Laois GAA will meet shortly to formalise a process for the next appointment.”
The news will likely be met with bitter disappointment by many Laois fans as Brennan’s tenure has brought success back to hurling.
In Brennan’s first season, Laois claimed the Joe McDonagh Cup and also reached their first All-Ireland quarter final in 40 years – defeating Dublin in a memorable All-Ireland Qualifier.
The 2020 season saw Laois remain in Division 1 and although they lost to Dublin in the Leinster quarter final – they pushed Clare in a Qualifier and were just edged out by a point.
But rumblings of discontent between Laois GAA and Brennan’s management team began after that game with Brennan calling for more funds to be made available.
And the situation was further exasperated when Brennan made some controversial comments that were aired in error by Joe.ie’s GAA Hour Podcast in what was supposed to be a ‘off the record chat’ between he and host Colm Parkinson.
Brennan subsequently apologised to County Board officials and meetings between the two took place last week and this in a bid to find a way forward.
But unfortunately, a resolution could not be brokered and Laois are on the search for a new manager once again.