Leitrim ladies part company with manager

The Leitrim ladies GAA county board has confirmed that it has parted company with senior team manager Gavin Cawley – just seven weeks after he took on the role.

A short statement issued on Saturday evening confirmed the Sligo native was no longer in charge of the county team.

While the statement doesn’t give an explicit reason for the departure, it does highlight Leitrim’s Division 4 league campaign which has seen the team win one and lose three of their four matches to date.

Cawley was appointed as Leitrim ladies manager in January – days after a special Leitrim LGFA AGM had established a new county executive for ladies football in the county – and a commitment from the clubs to make players available for the county panel.

12 months ago, Leitrim dropped out of the league mid-season and didn’t field for the 2018 Connacht championship. That special meeting in Januarty brought confirmation that Leitrim will contest the league and championship in 2019.

Under Cawley’s tenure this season, Leitrim began Division 4 with a solid four-point win against Derry but, since then, they have lost three games against Antrim, Louth and Fermanagh.

Saturday’s Leitrim LGFA statement added: “We would like to thank Gavin for all his hard work with the squad in recent months and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

There is no official indication of who will take charge of the Leitrim team for this Sunday’s Lidl NFL Division 4 game against Carlow in Mohill (moved from Cloone) at 2pm.