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Dempsey reign is in doubt

SEÁN DEMPSEY’S reign as Laois football manager appears to be hanging by a thread, with his fate set to be decided by county board chiefs this Friday night.

Ahead of that review, Laois chairman Brian Allen has said the board was “very disappointed” at how their campaign fizzled out with defeat to Tipperary in the qualifiers.

The Laois GAA executive met last night but, according to Allen, the agenda was devoted to their managerial vacancy in hurling with the football question set to be discussed on Friday night.

Dempsey’s term is reviewed on an annual basis. He has already expressed an interest in staying on for a third year, but his prospects look bleak following Laois’s ten-point defeat to Meath in a Leinster quarter-final replay and more especially the onepoint reversal to Tipp.

“He is meeting us on Friday to outline his year,” the chairman confirmed, after which the executive will make a recommendation.

“We would have been disappointed with the results at the end of the year,” Allen said. “After the first game in Croke Park (the draw with Meath) we felt that the team were moving in the right direction, but it was very disappointing the way we slipped back for the Tipp game. We will be looking to see why that happened.”