Mike Quirke to take the Laois hotseat

Mike Quirke was one of the stand-out players for Kerins O’Rahillys

JUST days after Paul Galvin was ratified as Wexford boss, another former Kerry star has been appointed to a managerial position outside of his native county.

Big Mike Quirke (39) is understood to be lined up to replace south Kerry’s John Sugrue as manager of the Laois senior footballers.

Paul Galvin: Wexford manager

Former Kingdom midfielder Quirke, who was a standout player with Kerins O’Rahillys before going on to manage the club’s senior team, works as a games development administrator ion Tralee.

He will be the name put before the Laois county board executive for approval on Monday night

John Sugrue – a former Kerry coach during Pat O’Shea’s successful reign – stepped down after a two-year term at the end of July after leading Laois to successive promotions that saw them elevated from Division 4r to Division 2 where they will play in 2020.

Paul Galvin, meanwhile, has been handed a two-year term in charge of Wexford following a meeting of the county board.

His backroom team will consist of Tadhg O’Donoghue from Valentia and Eamon Sayers from St Pat’s Blennerville as well as former Wexford footballers Mattie Forde and Shane Roche.

Three-time All-Star Galvin (39), who won four All-Ireland medals and three All-Star awards in his playing days, succeeds Kildare’s Paul McLoughlin, who vacated the post after a heavy first-round qualifier defeat to Derry.

It is the third Kerry appointment to an inter-county position in Leinster this summer, following the appointment of veteran manager Jack O’Connor (58) to succeed Cian O’Neill in Kildare.

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