Laois targeting former Longford boss Jack Sheedy to succeed Ó Flatharta

Jack Sheedy is among the leading candidates to succeed Tomás Ó Flatharta as the next Laois senior football manager.

Laois targeting former Longford boss Jack Sheedy to succeed Ó Flatharta

To Longford’s surprise, former Dublin forward Sheedy stepped down as boss last week citing personal reasons. In a statement from the county executive, it was revealed Sheedy had resigned to spend more time with his family.

Laois, though, are understood to be keen on the Lucan Sarsfields man after he guided Longford to a Division 4 title this year. They have also been impressed by the victories he oversaw this summer against Offaly, Carlow and Clare.

Former Laois manager Sean Dempsey, who guided the county’s minors to an All-Ireland title in 2003 and the U21s to two Leinster championships, worked alongside Sheedy this year as a coach and the two could team up again.

Pearse Street-based Garda Sheedy had a difficult first season in charge of Longford last year, suffering relegation to Division 4, before returning them to Division 3 this year. At the end of May, he stoutly defended his decision not to use a defensive system against his native Dublin in the wake of the 27-point Leinster quarter-final defeat.

Former inter-county forward Chris Conway appears to be the best chance of Laois appointing a manager from inside the county. Irish Examiner columnist and former Crossmaglen co-manager Tony McEntee has also been mentioned in dispatches.

Longford have already confirmed they won’t be going outside the county to replace Sheedy although Tipperary are not limiting themselves to any parameters as they search for Peter Creedon’s successor.

With Jim Gavin staying on for two more years as Dublin manager, the likes of Paul Curran, who guided Ballymun Kickhams to an All-Ireland final, could be an attractive candidate.

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