Eamonn Kelly has announced that he has stepped down as Laois hurling manager after two years in charge.
Kelly, who hails from Tipperary, signed off his final game as Laois boss with a 3-23 to 0-14 defeat of Meath on Saturday last in the Joe McDonagh but Laois failed to progress to the final after they finished 4th in the table with just 2 wins from 5 games. Laois last year got through to the Leinster quarter finals where they lost out to Wexford.
In a statement Kelly said ” I have decided not to seek another term as Laois hurling manager”. He went on to say that he enjoyed his time as Laois hurling boss and made loads of friends. He said ” I have enjoyed the last two years and made many friends, I am disappointed not to have built progress we made last year and I wish Laois every success going forward”.
He went on to thank all the players and his management team and the Laois county board for all they done for him. He said ”I want to thank my management team of Owen Coss, Davy Hogan and Conor Gleeson and the players for their effort and dedication, and also my backroom team, all of whom have given everything for the cause of Laois hurling”. “Finally, I want to thank Laois County Board. I have at all times found them up-front, honest and supportive in every way”.
It remains to be seen whether Kelly will take up another role over the Winter but we pretty sure he will once more vacancies come around when other inter-county managers decide to call it a day.