McCarthy resigns as Laois manager

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Teddy McCarthy while managing Laois during this year's championship.
Teddy McCarthy while managing Laois during this year's championship.
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TEDDY MCCARTHY HAS brought his reign as Laois senior hurling manager to a close after one season in charge.

A statement on the Laois GAA website this evening confirmed that the former dual Cork All-Ireland winner has resigned from his position after a difficult campaign for the Leinster county. Laois were relegated from Division 1B with five defeats from their five games played ensuring they dropped down to Division 2.

The championship initially brought some optimism with a 0-20 to 0-13 victory over Carlow in the preliminary round of the Leinster championship before then suffering a heavy defeat by 3-23 to 1-7 against Dublin in the quarter-final. In the All-Ireland qualifiers, Laois were hammered by 6-21 to 1-11 in the Gaelic Grounds against Limerick.

There had been mounting speculation over McCarthy’s future and he has now opted to bow out. The official statement revealed:

Teddy McCarthy has tendered his resignation as Laois Senior Hurling Manager. In having worked in the privileged position for just the one season and after considering his own work schedule and the time and travel distance involved for at least three to four nights a week, he has found that he is just unable to give the necessary and required commitment at this present time. He would like to thank Laois GAA for affording him the opportunity to manage their Senior Hurling team and wishes them every success in the future.

Cork native McCarthy has been enjoying managerial success at a local level on Leeside in recent weeks as he guided Bandon, who he won a county intermediate title with last year, to this year’s county premier intermediate hurling final after a semi-final win over Youghal last week. There are now sixty minutes away from graduating to the senior club ranks in Cork hurling with a decider against Ballinhassig looming large on September 30th.

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