Former manager Sean Hagan has called on Leitrim to take a long term view to the development of new players for the County Senior team in a letter to the Leitrim GAA County Board.
Hagan, who informed the County Board Executive he was stepping down from his role as manager of the Leitrim Senior team on Friday evening, commended the Leitrim players for their “dedication, commitment and team effort throughout the season”.
However, he also stated that Leitrim should consider taking a long term-view and building up the county senior team through the development of underage structures - “I feel Leitrim should take a long term view and continue to concentrate on the development of underage structures, minor and under 21 squad.”
The full text of Sean Hagan’s letter is as follows: “First of all I would like to thank the clubs, Joe Flynn and Leitrim Executives for nominating me last year and giving me the opportunity to manage the Leitrim Senior team.
“I would also like to acknowledge the Executives for supporting me for a second term, but due to work and family commitments I have decided to stand down.
“I have enjoyed my time working with the players and backroom team and wish the County Team continued success for the future. I also want to compliment the squad for their dedication, commitment and team effort throughout the season.
“I feel Leitrim should take a long term view and continue to concentrate on the development of underage structures, minor and under 21 squad.
“I would also like to thank all the guys that attended the trials at the start of the season and for their continuous support of the squad.
“Finally I would like to thank the Selector/Trainer Aidan MCarron, Selector Christy Carroll, Brendan Doyle, all other members of the backroom team and the supporters clubs for their support.”