Saturday 24 February 2018

Former Louth boss Kelly set to be handed Westmeath reins

Former Louth manager Colin Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Louth manager Colin Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Louth boss Colin Kelly is set to be appointed as Westmeath's new football manager at a county board meeting tomorrow night.

Kelly resigned from his role with the Wee county after three seasons in charge earlier this year after a mixed term in charge.

The former Louth footballer helped the county to successive promotions that saw them shoot through the ranks from the basement division to the second tier of the league over the past two seasons.

However, they struggled to bring that form to the championship, with defeats to Meath in Leinster and Longford in the qualifiers bringing their summer to an end this year.

The Longford defeat signalled the end of Kelly's stint in charge.

Kelly had been linked with a number of roles throughout the summer including Wicklow and Laois but he is set to be ratified as Tom Cribbin's successor in the Lake County.

Cribbin had steered Westmeath to consecutive Leinster final appearances in 2015 and 2016 where they lost to Dublin on both occasions but poor league form meant they found themselves playing in the basement division this term. They lost out to Dublin and Armagh in the championship in 2017.

Kelly's appointment will mean that it is 25 years since Westmeath last had one of their own in charge.

Elsewhere, Lenny Harbison has been confirmed as the new manager of the Antrim footballers after a county board meeting last night.

The Saffrons were seeking a successor to the Frank Fitzsimons/Gearoid Adams axis that took charge of the team last year and they ratified Harbinson.

Harbinson is known for guiding St Gall's to an All-Ireland club title back in 2010.

Irish Independent

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