GAA | Mike Quirke set to take over as Laois football manager

Ahead of next Monday’s county board meeting, former Kerry footballer Mike Quirke is to be put forward as the new manager of the Laois football team.

He looks set to replace fellow Kerry native John Sugrue after he stepped down in July. Sugrue’s departure came as a surprise after making genuine progress with Laois.

Sugrue led Laois to successive promotions in the league from Division Four to Division Two, as well as relative success in the Championship, which included a 2018 Leinster final appearance against Dublin.

Quirke is currently in charge of Tralee side Kerins O Rahillys, home to two of Kery’s inter-county players, David Moran and Tommy Walsh.

Quirke has four All Ireland medals, and has proven his managerial mettle at club level with Kerins O’Rahillys, with two semi-final championship appearances in Kerry in 2017 and 2018.