Louth of­fi­cials kick off search for new gaffer

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT - JOHN SAV­AGE

LOUTH GAA chiefs will start the search for a new foot­ball man­ager this week af­ter Pete McGrath stepped down from the po­si­tion last Thurs­day.

The Down na­tive man­aged just one sea­son - and barely 10 months - in the Wee County hotseat, but ad­verse re­sults and a dwin­dling panel ap­pear to have forced him to call it a day.

The Reds lost all seven of their games in Di­vi­sion 2 of the Al­lianz League and were dumped out of the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship by Car­low.

They man­aged to pick them­selves up to see off Lon­don in the Qual­i­fiers, but McGrath’s de­par­ture seemed in­evitable fol­low­ing a 10-point de­feat to Leitrim in round two.

He opted to ‘take time’ to con­sider his po­si­tion in the wake of that de­mor­al­is­ing de­feat, but 12 days later the County Board re­leased a state­ment con­firm­ing his de­par­ture.

It read: ‘Fol­low­ing on from dis­cus­sions with our se­nior foot­ball man­ager, we wish to con­firm that Pete McGrath has de­cided to step down from the po­si­tion of man­ager of the Louth se­nior foot­ball team.

‘Louth GAA would like to place on record our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Pete and his back­room team for all their ef­forts and com­mit­ment with our se­nior squad this year.’

‘Pete has a great en­thu­si­asm for the game and Louth GAA en­joyed a pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him and his man­age­ment team.’

Less than a year since McGrath’s ap­point­ment some of the names linked to the job at that stage are bound to re-sur­face again this sum­mer, with Colm Nally and Steven Poacher pop­ping up on the ru­mour mill. The name of for­mer mi­nor and U-20 boss Wayne Kier­ans has also been men­tioned as a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to McGrath, whom her served un­der as a se­lec­tor this sea­son.

Sup­port­ers may even be ask­ing them­selves if the county board should bury the hatchet with Colin Kelly, de­spite the for­mer man­ager de­part­ing in ac­ri­mo­nious cir­cum­stances in 2017.

Like McGrath, Kelly’s next job as West­meath boss was short-lived, and he noted in his res­ig­na­tion state­ment that the Lake County might be bet­ter served look­ing in­side the county for their next man­ager.

Kelly guided the Reds to back-to-back pro­mo­tions in 2016 and ‘17, although his Cham­pi­onship record was poor.

With the po­si­tion of county hurl­ing man­ager also va­cant, Louth chiefs face an­other busy sum­mer of re­cruit­ment.

Pete McGrath.

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