Paul Galvin has stepped down as manager of the Wexford footballers.
Wexford GAA has appointed Shane Roche, a member of Galvin's backroom team, as interim manager for the season which resumes next month.
Galvin was ratified as manager on a two-year term just over a year ago.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the the Kerryman said:
Due to the Covid 19 outbreak in Dublin my family has moved back to the west of Ireland. I am stepping away from my role with Wexford due to the new time and travel commitments involved.
My business has also undergone significant growth in the past few months and needs attention.
I have enjoyed the past 16 months watching, coaching and promoting football in the county since June 2019.
I would like to thank the Wexford County Board for the opportunity and support.
Thank you to the players and backroom staff also. I have strong belief in the talent in the county. I wish everybody associated with Wexford football success in the near future.
The statement from the Wexford GAA reads:
"It is with regret that Wexford GAA has accepted Paul Galvin's decision to step away from the role of Senior Football Manager and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.
"Wexford GAA would like to thank Paul for his commitment and dedication over the past 16 months as Senior Football Manager. It is without doubt that Wexford football is in a much stronger position thanks to his efforts during this time which is reflected in the Senior team's results to date which have placed the side in contention for promotion from Division 4 of the National Football League.
"The role of an inter-county manager is a constantly evolving one with an ever-increasing level of commitment required, and particularly so this year in light of the pandemic. We appreciate and understand the changes in Paul's personal circumstances which have led to this decision and we wish both Paul and Louise well in their new home in the west of Ireland and with their business endeavours.
"We would also like to thank Paul, backroom team for their efforts and commitment during his time as Wexford GAA has appointed Shane Roche as Interim Senior Football Manager for the rest of the 2020 Inter-County season ahead of the upcoming National League and Leinster Championship fixtures.
"Shane has been heavily involved as part of Paul's backroom team during his tenure and his considerable experience as an inter-county player and coach at schools, club and inter-county level will help build on the foundations laid by Paul earlier this season."
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