Down native Pete McGrath. Donall Farmer/INPHO

Fermanagh boss steps down one week after it was announced he's staying on

Pete McGrath has told the county board he will not take the reins for the 2018 season.

PETE MCGRATH HAS resigned as Fermanagh manager.

The two-time All-Ireland winner with Down has indicated to the county board that he will not be remaining in charge for the 2018 season.

“We have been informed by Pete McGrath that he is resigning from his position of Fermanagh Senior Football Team Manager,” reads a statement released tonight.

“Fermanagh County Committee thank Pete and his entire backroom team of the last four years for all their hard work and commitment, and acknowledge the progress made in respect of their work with the county team.

“Pete took over the team in 2014, travelling from Rostrevor, Co Down to fulfil his commitment to the role and during his period as manager worked extremely hard to develop a panel of players to represent the county.

We wish Pete and all members of his backroom team every success for the future.”

The news comes as a surprise as, just last week, the Erne County announced that McGrath would be taking the reins for a fourth year.

2017 was a difficult campaign for Fermanagh, who were relegated to Division 3 on the final day of the league. They went out of the Ulster championship in the preliminary round at the hands of Monaghan, and defeat to Armagh in the qualifiers was to follow.

It is two years since McGrath led the county to an All-Ireland quarter-final, where they lost out to eventual champions Dublin.

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