Laois boss McNulty ratified for another year

Laois' momentum-building run through this year's All-Ireland SFC qualifiers has earned manager Justin McNulty another season at the helm.

Laois' momentum-building run through this year's All-Ireland SFC qualifiers has earned manager Justin McNulty another season at the helm.

McNulty has been ratified as Laois senior football manager for a third year, with John Mulligan and Fergal Byron continuing to act as selectors.

A third selector may yet be appointed after it was debated at last Monday's County Board meeting.

Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen will discuss the matter with McNulty on the Armagh native's return from a break in America.

McNulty's future in the position was unsure after they were dumped out of the Leinster Championship by Longford in the opening round.

However, the O'Moore men turned things around by embarking on an unbeaten run through the All-Ireland qualifiers - beating Carlow, Monaghan, Leitrim and Meath in the process - before Dublin edged them in a tight All-Ireland quarter-final tie.

There are four men in contention to replace Pat Roe as the county's Under-21 football manager. Mick Lawlor, Tony 'Barney' Maher, Oliver Phelan and David Brennan have each received a nomination from their clubs, and the interview process will begin shortly.

Meanwhile, the Laois senior hurlers remain without a manager following Teddy McCarthy's decision to quit last month after just one year in charge.

The players, who recently met with County Board officials, are at a low ebb after a couple of heavy losses in the Championship - Dublin had 22 points to spare against them, and Limerick ran out 25-point winners over the midlanders in the qualifiers.

Laois were also relegated from Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, so the new man in will have to act fast in order to get them back on track in time for the spring.

A sub-committee, led by Seamus Plunkett and Paul Cuddy, discussed the way forward with members of the Laois senior squad last Monday.

The sub-committee has been tasked with finding McCarthy's successor and are due to report back to the County Board, giving the players' input and their suggestions for an improved hurling set-up within the county.

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