Fennelly leaves Laois post

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Updated: July 12, 2011

Brendan Fennelly has resigned as Laois senior hurling manager after just one season and leaves the Laois County Board looking for their 14th senior hurling boss since the mid-1990s.

The Kilkenny man’s last match in charge was a 10-20 to 1-13 mauling by Cork in the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers last month.

In the aftermath of that heavy defeat it was reported that Fennelly had resigned, a report that was later withdrawn, however it appears that the defeat coupled with Fennelly questioning the commitment of the players had led to his resignation.

Fennelly might have gotten a look into how his Laois tenure might pan out when his first meeting with the squad saw only 13 of the 30 invited players turned up while prior to the defeat to Cork, they struggled to field teams for challenge matches against Waterford and Kilkenny selections.

However under Fennelly, the O’Moore men did show some promise in this year’s Allianz Hurling League, earning wins over Westmeath, Carlow, Antrim and Clare.

Laois ended up finishing third in the Division 2 table but suffered a disappointing 1-21 to 3-12 loss to Antrim in their Championship opener in May

Fennelly took over the reins from Niall Rigney who resigned 12 months ago in the wake of a qualifier defeat to Carlow.

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