Laois boss Creedon assailed by delegate flak
Peter Creedon's position as Laois football manager would appear in peril based on stinging criticism of his 12-month tenure at Monday night's county board meeting.
Several club delegates were scathing in their assessment of Creedon's maiden campaign and predicted that Laois football would continue on a downward spiral if he is handed a second year.
Among those leading calls for change was ex-Laois star Mick Lawlor. "From what I saw this year, if he was held on to, you could end up putting Laois football back five or six years," the Emo chairman asserted. "My honest opinion on it is that there is no way he can be let stay in charge for another year."
Cork native Creedon, who previously managed Tipperary, was originally handed a one-year term but this proved something of a disaster.
Relegation to Division 4 of the Allianz Football League was followed by the false dawn of an emphatic Leinster SFC opener against Longford before his team collapsed to Kildare (by 14 points) and then Clare at home (by 10 points) in the qualifiers.
"I have never yet left a team where they hadn't improved and weren't in a better position," he said after their inglorious 'back door' exit.
"We have to rebuild full-stop and that is probably a bigger job than some people might think … I have never yet walked away from a challenge and I certainly won't be starting now."
This week's board meeting has been covered extensively in the local media and this is bound to ratchet up the pressure on Creedon.
One of the more colourful contributions came from Arles-Kilcruise delegate JJ Conway, who claimed: "Against Kildare, if we had never brought the team together for the seven months before the game, left them to their clubs and brought them together the week before, they would have done as well. There was no passion in our team this year."
However, some delegates turned their ire on the players, with Crettyard's John Burke accusing a number of drinking in the "days before" a game. "Is it the manager's fault that at least four of our senior football players congregate for drinking sessions?" he alleged. "You can't drink pints of Guinness and talk sh*te in a pub, and then play football."
Creedon last week addressed the Laois executive in a review of the team's 2017 performances. Chairman Gerry Kavanagh outlined that officers will meet the players' representatives before reporting back to delegates.