Fitzer to make decision on future as Louth manager in the next fortnight

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick is due to speak with his selection team this week to make a final decision on his future at the helm of the inter-county senior team.

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick is due to speak with his selection team this week to make a final decision on his future at the helm of the inter-county senior team.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat yesterday, Fitzer stated that the decision will be made within the next two weeks.

“I’m going to sit down with the selection team this week and discuss everything - but it will be decided in the next two weeks.”

The Wee County manager stated his hope that once the decision is made it will allow whoever is in charge to concentrate on building for another season in Division Two next year.

“It’s important that who ever is in charge, whether it is myself or someone else, can get out to see the championship games in the next few weeks and see what they have to work with,” explained Fitzer.

From a personal point of view the Louth manager explained the total commitment the job requires.

“It’s a seven days a week job and it takes a big big commitment. I’ll have to reflect on my own situation and make a decision.”

Certain sources have also suggested that finances could play a major part in the overall decision by the County Board.

Following the Wee County’s exit from the All Ireland Qualifiers at the hands of Westmeath two weeks ago, speculation has been rife as to what Fitzpatrick will do, now that his three-year contract with the County Board has expired.

To date a number of names of potential replacements have been put forward. Louth U21 boss Colin Kelly is amongst the favourites, alongside the likes of the experienced Meathman Sean Kelly, who had previously been close to taking the Wee County job prior to Fitzpatrick’s appointment three years ago.

U21 boss Kelly had a tremendous season, taking his young side all the way to the Leinster final, where they were eventually undone by a muscular and powerful Dublin outfit.

After the senior side’s Qualifier loss to Westmeath, selector Gerry Cumiskey announced that he would be unlikely to stay on next year, and Fitzer was eager to applaud his work with the Louth team over the years.

“We’ve had a partnership going back nearly 10 years at this stage. Gerry is a very intelligent man and knows everything there is to know about football. We worked very well together and he has been a fantastic asset for Louth football.”

Fitzer also stated that he has been surprised with the number of phone calls from players over the past number of weeks, expressing their hope that he will remain on in the hot seat.

“I’ve received phone calls from certain players and it is great to know there is support there.”