Laois senior footballers are on the lookout for a new manager.
Peter Creedon has confirmed that he and his backroom team have stepped away from the job after just one season in charge.
It comes on the back of a disastrous season for the O’Moore county. They were relegated to the bottom division of the National Football League, winning just two of their games. The championship was just as bad for Creedon’s charges. They suffered a humiliating 14-point defeat to neighbours Kildare in Leinster, before exiting the qualifiers in the second round with another big defeat to Clare.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Tipperary-native Creedon claimed it was their decision to walk away:
“Although we had the support of the County Board executive and the Laois players, we feel that staying on would have been divisive for the county, given the nature of a recent board meeting.”
Creedon’s decision to step down follows recent allegations of a drinking culture within the Laois dressing room. At a recent county board meeting, one delegate claimed that members of the senior panel were drinking in the build-up to championship fixtures. However, Creedon denies that this was an issue during his tenure:
“This type of generalisation of there being a drink culture in the squad is deeply unfair and divisive given that we were aware of only one incident where three players were absent from an early training session on Easter Monday. The management were not aware of any issues regarding a drinking culture and, in recent discussions with players, we found they were at a loss to explain or substantiate such rumours.”
Laois football supporters will be hoping that this latest development means a line has been drawn under 2017 and that a new management team can help galvanise the squad for the future.
Ger Power, Pundit Arena
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