Bowing out of this year's championship with a 3-16 to 1-11 defeat at the hands of Armagh, Westmeath have announced the departure of manager Colin Kelly this evening.
Confirmed via an official statement released by the county, Kelly cited certain personal issues as reason enough for him to end his tenure in charge of Westmeath:
It’s a massive commitment for me; I’ve a young family getting to the age now – I’ve a young girl and boy playing soccer and Gaelic in Dublin.
Today I was at soccer in Wicklow and I came straight to here. That’s not an excuse; I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve a great relationship with Billy Foley and Pat Reilly (Chairman and Secretary of the County Board) and I’ve made some great friends among the players.
Suggesting that it is about time that a Westmeath native filled the newly vacant position, Kelly recently spoke to Balls about the difficulties facing the championship's 'smaller counties.'