Laois team celebrate after the Joe McDonagh Cup win in 2019
Laois GAA's decision to cut funding resulted in in Eddie Brennan walking away from his job as the manager of the county's senior hurling team, the Kilkenny man has claimed.
Brennan spoke for the first time about leaving the job on RTE Radio. He said walking away had nothing to do with with an off the record conversation with Laois Colm Parkinson.
Instead, Brennan said it came down to the issue of resources and an unwillingness of Laois GAA to commit extra resources he felt were needed to bring Laois to the next level.
The former Kilkenny forward said the opposite happened when funding was discussed.
"The main reason, the game-changer, centred around going forward.
"There was definitely a difference of opinion in terms of the vision that myself, Niall (Corcoran) and Tommy (Fitzgerald) had for the lads.
"The county board, for whatever reason, wouldn't support us on that.
"You're trying to keep moving forward. For the Laoises of this world to make the step up, you need to be resourced, and the level of support has to increase a little bit each year.
"There was a huge reduction in resources that were available to us and that was the simple reason.
"That's their prerogative. I'm well aware there isn't a big hole in the ground for teams to get money and a lot of county boards are struggling in the absence of club matches.
"It is what it is and you move on and learn from it," he said.
The Kilkenny man is now coaching Cuala in Dublin while the Laois job went to Seamus Cheddar Plunkett.
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