Monday 23 January 2017

Laois confirm that they will be looking for a new football manager next season

Published 25/07/2016 | 16:19

Laois football manager Mick Lillis has stepped down from his post after just one season in charge.

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The O'Moore County were relegated from Division 2 during the league before beating Wicklow in the first round of the Leinster championship.

They advanced to play Dublin in a quarter-final, which was controversially held in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, and were defeated by 11 points.

They were then forced to replay their round one qualifier win over Armagh after accidentally fielding an additional substitute, before overcoming the Orchard County at the second attempt.

They were subsequently knocked out in round two by Clare, going down by a single point.

Following their league relegation, Lillis drafted former Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham into his backroom staff but even the addition of the highly regarded coach couldn't kickstart Laois' season.

Lillis announced his resignation in a statement this afternoon, and he was thanked by the county board.

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