Women’s boss step­ping aside

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look for­ward to work­ing with you all again some­time in the fu­ture #Wil­lAl­waysBeChamps2017’

The club then fol­lowed with a state­ment: ‘It has been a fan­tas­tic sea­son for Wex­ford Youths WFC cul­mi­nat­ing in an un­for­get­table night at Fer­rycar­rig Park last Satur­day, as we clinched our 3rd Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Women’s National League in 4 years.

‘We would like to thank all play­ers, man­age­ment, fam­i­lies, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers con­nected with the squad for con­tribut­ing to such a memorable sea­son.

‘How­ever, fol­low­ing an end of sea­son re­view and ini­tial dis­cus­sions around the 2018 sea­son, our man­ager Laura Hef­fer­nan has ad­vised us of her de­ci­sion not to con­tinue in the role.

‘The club would like to thank Laura and her man­age­ment team for a fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion to the team’s suc­cess and wish her noth­ing but the best for her fu­ture in foot­ball.

‘The process to find a new man­ager will com­mence im­me­di­ately.’

In truth, the league cham­pi­ons had ended a tur­bu­lent sea­son with a hard-earned ti­tle but the pres­sure had been squarely on the Wex­ford boss for some time. It is un­der­stood that her ap­point­ment wasn’t uni­ver­sally met with full ap­proval within a group of play­ers that knew her well.

They were put in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion by the club hi­er­ar­chy, but things might have set­tled down had it looked good on the pitch. How­ever, neg­a­tive tac­tics, play­ers play­ing out of po­si­tion and in­sipid foot­ball meant Hef­fer­nan was fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle from early in the sea­son. It was no­tice­able that the play­ers were not thanked in her state­ment.

With the Cham­pi­ons League to look for­ward to in Au­gust, and a fully fit squad of play­ers avail­able, Wex­ford Youths will now go in search of a new boss. A UEFA ‘B’ coach­ing li­cence is usu­ally the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for a man­age­rial po­si­tion in the WNL.

The early front run­ner will likely be Will Doyle, who led the team to a tre­ble in his last sea­son in the hot seat. It’s un­der­stood that he would be a pop­u­lar choice amongst many of the play­ers.

There are ques­tion marks over his avail­abil­ity, given that he quit the po­si­tion for fam­ily rea­sons in 2016 and is cur­rently in­volved at national level, with the Un­der-15 boys.

Laura Hef­fer­nan on Satur­day week when Wex­ford Youths clinched the National League ti­tle.

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