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Former Laois manager steps down from role as Kerry U-20 football boss

John Sugrue

Former Laois football manager John Sugrue has stepped down from his role as boss of the Kerry U-20 footballers.

The Park-Ratheniska clubman, who guided Laois to back-to-back promotions, informed the Kerry County Board executive that he did not wish to extend his tenure.

Succeeding Jack O’Connor in the role, Sugrue reclaimed the Munster U-20 championship against Cork – with the Leesiders having tasted victory in 2019.

That was all the way back in early March before the Covid pandemic struck and the All-Ireland semi final against Galway was subsequently postponed until October.

Kerry lost that game by 1-15 to 1-10 but their preparations were badly hampered as they lost a number of players due to Covid just 24 hours before throw in.

Sugrue made his name with South Kerry before making the move to the O’Moore men.

He took the reigns in 2018 where he led Laois to promotion from Division 4 and then on to their first Leinster final in 11 years.

In 2019, Laois claimed promotion to Division 2 but lost the Division 3 league final to Westmeath and were subsequently beaten in the Leinster semi final by Meath.

Sugrue departed the role shortly after the Round 4 Qualifier loss to Cork.

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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.