Louth delay call on Fitzpatrick
THE Louth County Board will have a second meeting with incumbent boss Peter Fitzpatrick before making a decision on the management of the county's senior football team for the 2012 campaign.
The parties met last week and will meet again after Fitzpatrick's return from a break abroad.
Fitzpatrick (right) was appointed for a three-year term in late 2009 and guided the Wee County to a first Leinster final appearance in 50 years last season, only for his team to be beaten by Meath in controversial circumstances.
After winning promotion to Division 2 this season, Louth endured a disappointing championship campaign. They lost to Carlow in a Leinster quarter-final and then went down to the Royals in the first round of the qualifiers.
In the wake of that defeat, Fitzpatrick indicated his desire to see out the third season of his three-year term, despite considerable other responsibilities in his role as a TD.
Fitzpatrick's Fine Gael colleague John O'Mahony also tried to combine being a member of the Dail with managing an inter-county team, but he resigned as Mayo boss at the end of last season after his charges suffered championship defeats to Sligo and Longford.