The hunt is on for a new Leitrim Senior team manager after the shock resignation of Shane Ward broke late on Tuesday, July 12.
It was believed that Ward and his management team were eager to continue for a third year but the manager and his management team surprisingly tendered their resignation to the County Board.
In a statement, the Leitrim County Board said “Leitrim Senior & Under 21 Team Manager Shane Ward has today informed the Executive of the Leitrim County Board that he is stepping down from his role and in doing so, thanked his management team for their professionalism and dedication. He also thanked the clubs for their co-operation and the county players for excellence of their work under his management team.
“Leitrim GAA would like to thank Shane and his backroom team for their tireless dedication and commitment over the last two years and wish them the very best in the future. The County Board Executive will be meeting in the next few days to put a process in place to select a new team manager.”
The resignation came as a complete surprise as Ward retained strong support among the County Senior team panel with captain Gary Reynolds strongly urging the retention of the manager.
When contacted by the Observer after his resignation, Shane Ward said he did not wish to make a statement at this time .
Speculation is already rife as to Ward's replacement with the names of Leitrim great Aidan Rooney and former Longford star Padraic Davis mentioned. Davis led Mohill to a Senior League and Championship double in 2015 while Rooney is managing Glencar/ Manorhamilton this year, having led Sligo to the Connacht Minor Final last year.