Thursday 29 September 2016

Laois boss Tomas O Flatharta steps down after shock Antrim defeat

Published 23/06/2015 | 23:33

Laois could be on the lookout for a new manager, after Tomas O Flatharta's quick exit from O’Moore Park
Laois could be on the lookout for a new manager, after Tomas O Flatharta's quick exit from O’Moore Park

Tomas O Flatharta has ended his two-year tenure as Laois football manager after his side exited the championship in disappointing circumstances at the weekend.

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Laois were nine points up against Antrim during last Saturday's Round 1A qualifier against Antrim but a shocking second half collapse saw them exit the championship.

Tomas O Flatharta takes his Laois team to Carlow
Tomas O Flatharta takes his Laois team to Carlow
Laois manager Tomas O Flatharta says his side need to forget the fact they are playing away from home. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Laois manager Tomas O'Flatharta
Tomás O Flatharta. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Laois manager Tomás O Flatharta

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Laois were on the cusp of beating Kildare in their quarter-final after a preliminary round win over Carlow but the Lilywhites salvaged a draw and Laois capitulated in the second half of the replay.

In a statement released tonight, O Flatharta said: “After much consideration, I have decided to step down from the position of Laois GAA senior football manager.

“I have enjoyed immensely my two years with the county and will look back on my time with fondness for the progress that we have made during that time.

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“However I will look back on the last few weekends with a huge sense of ‘what might have been’ but ultimately the buck stops with me and I take responsibility for that.

“I would however like to place on record my appreciation for the work of the players over the two seasons and indeed thank my back room team for their help and support during that time.

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of wives, partners, family, friends and Laois supporters in general during that time.

“Finally I believe that during my tenure I have started to implement structures and to instil values that will take Laois football forward and I wish everyone involved with that journey the very best of luck.”

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