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BREAKING: Former player set to be appointed as new Laois football manager

Who will become the next Laois manager?

A former Laois footballer is set to be appointed as the new senior boss for the 2022 season.

LaoisToday understands that Billy Sheehan is to be recommended by the selection committee to take over from Mike Quirke for the coming year.

The Kerry native and former Emo footballer played for Laois from 2005 to 2015 and was widely regarded as one of the team’s leaders.

He has a lot of coaching time built up over the years with UCD as well as spells with the Laois Ladies and Ballyroan-Abbey.

Sheehan also spent time coaching in the Cork senior setup in 2016 and 2017 under Peadar Healy and then became part of the Offaly backroom team under Stephen Wallace in 2018.

In 2019, he coached Palatine to the Carlow final where they lost to Eire Og.

A former St Jude’s player in Dublin, he most recently played for Cratloe of Clare under Colm Collins and reached the county final in 2020 over there.

Laois have been without a manager since Mike Quirke resigned from the position on July 5 2021.

The Kerry native had succeeded John Sugrue at the start of the 2020 season.

Under Quirke, Laois remained in Division 2 in 2020 following a dramatic final day win over Fermanagh last October.

The championship brought a win over Longford and then a heavy defeat to eventual All-Ireland champions Dublin in the semi finals.

2021 did not go anywhere close to plan as Laois were resoundingly beaten in all five of their games.

Billy Sheehan is being linked with a role in the Offaly senior footballers backroom team
Billy Sheehan

Clare, Kildare and Cork were all too strong in Division 2 South and then Down defeated Laois in the playoff to send them to Division 3.

Their subsequent Leinster quarter final defeat to Westmeath meant that Laois ended the year without a competitive victory.

It is understood that Sheehan’s name and his management team will be put forward to the Laois County Board Executive.

It is then likely to be brought forward for formal ratification at the Laois County Committee Meeting on Monday October 18.

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