By Denis J. Croke
THE news has just broken that Mike Quirke this morning stepped down as Laois football manager and has offered his resignation to the Laois County Board.
In his resignation letter he said: “I have informed the Secretary of Laois GAA of my decision to step down from the role of manager of the senior football team with immediate effect and I want to publicly want to thank the county board for affording me the opportunity to lead their senior set-up
“I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to all the players, management and backroom team for their unwavering effort over the past two Covid ravaged inter-county seasons. It’s been a difficult slog at times but made far more enjoyable by the quality of people involved.
“The players have shown fantastic commitment towards representing their county in the best possible way through very challenging circumstances and despite not getting the performances or results we craved for this season, they can be very proud of the effort and application they have shown throughout.
“I’ve made my decision at this stage to allow the county board ample time to find new management in advance of county championship action resuming in the coming weeks.”
In response the reply from Laois GAA was: “On behalf of Laois GAA we wish to thank Mike Quirke for his two year commitment and dedication with Laois senior football panel. He is a gentleman to the core and has given every thing to the cause. We wish Mike and his family all the best in the future.”