Monday 5 December 2016

Laois want ex-Kerry U-21 boss Sugrue to take reins

Jackie Cahill

Published 27/07/2016 | 02:30

John Sugrue. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
John Sugrue. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Laois want Kerry native John Sugrue to become their next football manager.

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Portlaoise-based Sugrue, who founded the Laois Physiotherapy Clinic in 2011, will be sounded out about his availability.

It is understood that a delegation of players met with county board chiefs on Monday after Mick Lillis resigned to discuss a successor.

And they informed O'Moore County top brass that Sugrue, who guided South Kerry to county championship glory in the Kingdom last year, is the man to take them forward.

Sugrue is a highly-rated coach and manager who was physio to the Laois footballers in 2012 and '13. He also trained Kerry in 2007 and '08 and worked as physio with the Kingdom in 2011.

Sugrue is a former Kerry U-21 manager and during his playing days, won four Kerry SFC titles.

His home club is Renard while Sugrue also represented South Kerry with distinction before going on to enjoy success with the divisional outfit as manager.

Boxing

In the past, Sugrue has also worked with the Clare hurlers, as well as Irish international senior and junior boxing teams.

Laois players are hopeful that Sugrue will be open to the prospect of taking over as manager but if he's not, they still want him involved in some capacity, possibly as coach.

As things stand, Sugrue is the leading contender for the top job after Lillis stepped aside after just one season at the helm.

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Laois believe they are not too far off the mark and watched enviously last weekend as their qualifier conquerors Clare advanced to the quarter-finals.

Laois lost heavily to Dublin in the Leinster championship but regrouped to beat Armagh in the qualifiers after a rematch was ordered following the seven subs saga.

Clare knocked them out in the next round, winning by a point at Cusack Park.

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