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Wee vote of confidence for Fitzpatrick

LOUTH County Board have ended speculation regarding senior football boss Peter Fitzpatrick's future by confirming that he will remain at the helm for 2012.

The decision means the Fine Gael TD will see out the final year of the three-year term he was handed ahead of the 2010 campaign.

The county executive carried out a review process and recommended to delegates that he stays on as manager at a board meeting in Dundalk last night.

Fitzpatrick guided the Wee County to their first Leinster final for 50 years in 2010 before delivering the NFL Division 3 title and promotion in April.

However, their subsequent championship campaign was disappointing as they suffered a shock defeat to Carlow in Leinster, before bowing out to Meath in the qualifiers in Kingspan Breffni Park.

Meanwhile, Alan Mangan has slammed Westmeath County Board officials for their refusal to call off his club's county SHC semi-final on Sunday week -- the same day he's due to joint-manage the Lake County's intermediate ladies at Croke Park in the All-Ireland final.

Mangan's club Castletown-Geoghegan will play Raharney at Cusack Park just hours after Westmeath face off against Cavan.

Mangan had appealed to board officials to change the club fixture. Westmeath top brass agreed, but only to a point, with Castletown-Geoghegan's tie with Raharney now throwing in at 5.30 instead of 2.0.

But that leaves Mangan with precious little time to make it from Dublin to Mullingar in time as the ladies' match starts at 2.0.

Mangan said: "I'm very disappointed. You'd think they'd make the day fully free to support the ladies at Croke Park. But I still won't let my club down."

Irish Independent