Ladies search for new manager as Kilcrann steps down

The Leitrim Ladies County Board are searching for a new manager this week after Niall Kilcrann announced Monday that he will no longer continue as coach of the Ladies’ Senior county team.

The Leitrim Ladies County Board are searching for a new manager this week after Niall Kilcrann announced Monday that he will no longer continue as coach of the Ladies’ Senior county team.

Speaking to the Observer on Tuesday morning, Niall, who spent two years at the helm of the Ladies team, said the time had come for a fresh face to lead the team into 2013.

“I had a lot of proud moments in charge of the side”, Niall said, “Unfortunately we had no silverware to show but I feel, together, we raised the profile of Ladies’ football in Leitrim. There have been a few changes at county board level and I just think this is a case of a change being as good as a rest.”

The Kilglass man led Leitrim to an All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final in 2011 where they were narrowly beaten by Cavan in Cashel. He also brought the Green and Gold to this year’s Intermediate Division 3 Final where he was his side suffered defeat at the hands of Westmeath after a replay in Killoe in Longford.

Remembering those days, Niall says he and his team have a lot to be proud of: “We had a lot of good days and I was very proud to manage a bunch of tremendous players. When I took over, there was a lot of change with some of the senior players leaving the panel and we were relegated to intermediate.

“I think we have laid the foundations of a good side over those years. We knocked on the door a few times and did as much as possible to bring success to the county.

I worked with a great bunch of ladies and we built a team on believing in each other.”

The former Longford Ladies Manager said that he believes the current batch of players are capable of even further success under his replacement: “We changed the mentality of the girls. We instilled a new belief that made us hard to beat. The are good enough to go on and win further honours and I have no doubt I’ll be watching these ladies again in Croke Park in the near future.

Although he his taking a step back from the managerial limelight for now, Niall has not ruled out a return in the future. “Coming back in some sort of capacity is definitely something I see although it may not be ladies football. It’s what I do. I have GAA in my blood and I do not plan on shying away from the game.”

Meanwhile, in a statement to the Observer, the Ladies Board have thanked Kilcrann for his time in charge of the side, commending his “hard work and energy and enthusiasm towards his job.”

The board have also announced that the search for a replacement is already underway and have asked anyone interested in taking up the role as Ladies Manager to contact Ladies PRO Clare Noone at ladiessecretary.leitrim@gmail.com or on 087 4194433.