Six new management teams required in Laois

Laois boss Sean Dempsey has become the latest casualty in senior inter-county football management, following his failure to be reappointed for a third year.

Laois boss Sean Dempsey has become the latest casualty in senior inter-county football management, following his failure to be reappointed for a third year.

Dempsey's departure means that the Laois County Board have to appoint a total of six new management teams at various levels for 2011.

With Niall Rigney vacating the role of Laois senior hurling manager in the wake of their qualifier loss to Carlow, and the management teams at minor and Under-21 levels in both hurling and football also ending their involvement, it has left Laois GAA with nobody in place to oversee county teams next year.

Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen said that the board will not confine themselves to a time frame to appoint the new managers.

"We are not tying ourselves to a time line now, because we feel we have to get it right and we are not going to rush it," he said.

"We would hope to have it in place for at least the knockout stages of the (Laois Club) Championships."

The process to appoint Rigney's successor has already started with a meeting of hurling clubs, while Laois football clubs will have their say tomorrow night.

"We are now meeting the clubs to get their overall state of Laois football and everything and we will take all those points into consideration," said the Laois chairman.

"We'll arrange another executive meeting and we will also consult with the football committee for football, and the hurling committee for hurling.

"After that we will proceed and if people have names that they want to give us for prospective managers, and we will also be looking actively ourselves for prospective managers for all of the teams."

Dempsey made a presentation to the Laois GAA Executive on Friday night to argue for his retention, but was voted out by the five-man committee.

He had previously been involved with underage teams in the O'Moore County, and managed Laois to an All-Ireland minor title in 2003 and the Under 21 side to the All-Ireland final of 2007 where they lost to Cork by a point.

"Certainly we would like to thank Sean Dempsey for his input into Laois football - not just over the last three years, but also for his input over the last number of years," admitted Allen.

"Sean has been synonymous with Laois football, and we would certainly like to thank him for his contribution to the football and wish him well in the future.

"No doubt there will be a role for Sean going forward. I wish him and his family well, and I thank them for putting their lives on hold for Laois football over the last number of years."

Among the names already linked to succeed Dempsey as Laois supremo are Mick O'Dwyer, who has managed Laois in the past, Sean Boylan, Paul Caffrey, Peter McGrath and Tommy Lyons.

While within Laois, outgoing U-21 manager Pat Roe is likely to be interested having gone for the job on the last two occasions it came available, while Portlaoise manager John Mulligan, former senior player Tommy Conroy and the Mick Lillis/Mark Kavanagh double act are also credible candidates.

Lillis and Kavanagh managed St. Laurence's to their first ever Kildare Senior Football Championship last year, and were also involved with Carlow club O'Hanrahan's.

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