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Former Tipp boss Peter Creedon is the new Laois football manager

Cork native returns to inter-county management as Mick Lillis’s successor.

Peter Creedon Creedon: left Tipp post in the summer of 2015. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

PETER CREEDON HAS been ratified as the new Laois senior football manager.

The Cork native takes over from Mick Lillis who stepped down after his first season in charge ended with defeat to Clare in the qualifiers.

Creedon will be joined by Mickey McGeehin as coach, the Laois county board confirmed on Monday evening.

The pair worked together with the Tipperary senior footballers from 2012 to 2015, guiding the Premier to the last 12 of the championship on two separate occasions.

Creedon stood down as Tipp manager in the summer of 2015, citing his work commitments as a school principal in Cahir, but has been tempted back into management by the Laois job.

Under Lillis, Laois won just one game in the National Football League this spring as they were relegated to Division 3.

They regrouped and were comfortable winners against Wicklow in the opening round of the Leinster championship before an 11-point defeat to Dublin sent them searching for a route through the qualifiers.

A hard-fought win against Armagh in Round 1 was ordered to be replayed after it emerged that Laois had made seven substitutes, but they did just enough to edge a one-point victory at the second time of asking before losing to eventual quarter-finalists Clare in round two.

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