Laois benefiting from football Gospel according to John

In John Sugrue, Laois have got one of the most progressive young managers in the country, and someone who is trying to raise the whole county instead of just his team, writes Mike Quirke. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

While Peter Keane enjoyed a successful first league campaign of sorts in charge of the Kingdom, another manager from the depths of South Kerry was quietly going about his business far from the glamourous spotlight of the top division.

Laois finished as runners up in Division Three this season and were bested by a craftier Westmeath side in Saturday’s final in Croke Park.

The O’Moore County manager, John Sugrue, played his football in a former life for a small rural club just outside Caherciveen in the deepest heart of South Kerry. He was as smooth a ball player as Renard ever produced — one of those footballers that stood out for the way he struck the ball so gracefully and accurately with the outside of the boot.

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