Monday 5 December 2016

Plunkett makes quick return as Laois manager

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

There have been intensive negotiations to bring back Laois manager Seamus Plunkett
There have been intensive negotiations to bring back Laois manager Seamus Plunkett

Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett has reversed his decision to quit as Laois hurling manager.

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Plunkett stepped down last week when it emerged that two players, his former captain Matthew Whelan and squad member Jim Fitzpatrick, played a club challenge match.

This was against the expressed wishes of the management and Plunkett is believed to have felt so let down that he resigned.

Whelan and Fitzpatrick were subsequently dropped but have also been restored ahead of Sunday's Leinster hurling quarter-final with neighbours Offaly.

A Laois statement outlined that the issues in dispute would be addressed at a later date.

Laois sources were doubtful that Plunkett would return so quickly last week but negotiations have been intensive and the desire to see Plunkett, who has committed so much time and resources to Laois hurling, return was strong in the county.

However, many will be wondering what it was all about, especially in light of the decision to reinstate the players too.

If Plunkett, who the Laois board have publicly stated stepped down for personal reasons, felt the need to step down on such a point of principle, the return both parties weakens that position significantly.

The two players played the challenge for Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton but a number of club colleagues sat it out on Monday of last week.

Laois have been making significant progress in recent years under Plunkett and beat Offaly in last year's league.

Plunkett was due to return to training last night.

Irish Independent

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