O’Flatharta set to be appointed next Laois senior football manager

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Tomas O’Flatharta is set to be confirmed as the next Laois senior football manager later this month.

Tomas O’Flatharta is set to be confirmed as the next Laois senior football manager later this month.

By Rory Delaney

The Kerry native’s name was put to the Laois GAA executive committee on Friday night, and he is expected to be rubberstamped at the next full meeting of the county board, later this month.

O’Flatharta has previously managed Westmeath, where he had a four year stint between 2006 and 2009, as well as one year spell with Galway, which ended in 2011 after a disappointing season.

His appointment comes after Justin McNulty stepped down after three years as manager, with county board chairman Gerry Kavanagh vowing to find a maanger who will take Laois to the “next level” as his replacement. That will be O’Flatharta’s remit when he takes control, as Laois try to improve on a record which has seen them win just one Leinster SFC game in three years.

Further details on how long he is expected to be in the job, and the make up of his back room team, will be announced over the coming weeks.

He is Laois’ third manager from Kerry in the last ten years, following on from Mick O’Dwyer and Liam Kearns. He is expected to attend the Laois SFC semi-finals this Sunday in O’Moore Park.