O’Rourke steps down as Louth boss
Aidan O’Rourke has called time on his tenure as manager of the Louth senior footballers after two seasons in charge.
O’Rourke’s decision comes in the wake of the Wee County’s thumping qualifier defeat to Tyrone last Saturday and a similar reverse against Kildare in the Leinster quarter-final.
While the league brought relegation from Division 2, victory over Westmeath in the Leinster preliminary round raised the prospect of an upturn.
However, the nature of the subsequent defeat seems has prompted O’Rourke not to take up the option of a third year at the helm.
Aidan O’Rourke subsequently issued a statement via the Louth county board.
“After a short period of reflection with the management team & senior players I have decided not to take up the option of a third season in charge of the Louth Senior team.
“We have worked hard to change the culture of the group and create a high performance environment for players to develop and excel in over the past two years but this season’s results do not reflect progress from season one.
“I would like to thank the players who worked so hard over that period, striving to improve and making lifestyle sacrifices that belie their amateur status. Taking this decision was made more difficult by the strong desire from the senior players to continue the work we had begun.
“I would like to place on record my appreciation to the Louth County Executive Committee for their support during our guidance of the team.
“I would like to thank the people who served the players as part of the management team under me. Each worked diligently towards the daily goal of improving the players and enhancing the team.”
Louth County Board chairman Padraic O’Connor has also thanked O’Rourke for his effort during his time in charge.