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Paul McLoughlin Resigns From Wexford With Parting Swipe At County

Paul McLoughlin Resigns From Wexford With Parting Swipe At County

Wexford have been eliminated from the All-Ireland Football Championship this evening, going out with a whimper after a 4-16 to 0-10 loss to Derry in Wexford Park.

It brings to an end what has been a torrid year for the county, who finished sixth in Division Four of the National Football League. They would go on to be eliminated by Louth in the preliminary round of the Leinster Championship.

Wexford manager Paul McLoughlin announced after today's loss that he would step down from his post, but had a parting swipe at the county on his way out.

It's up to the Wexford county board and the team to move it on, but I certainly won't be going on next year. I've done two years.

I think we've done a lot of good work, but I think we are in a difficult position with football in the county. They're a bunch of good fellas, I've a lot of time for them but they'll be going on without them next year.

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Joanne Cantwell mentioned McLoughlin's resignation on today's Saturday Game Live on RTE, where it was claimed it was due to a lack of interest from the county's clubs, who had 'abandoned football'.

The former Kildare player took over as manager in 2017, but has not enjoyed much success. They were relegated from Division Three in 2018, before losing to Laois in the first round in Leinster. They would go on to suffer a shock exit at the hands of Waterford in the qualifiers.

This has contrasted with the fortunes of the county's senior hurling team, who have made serious strides under the management of Davy Fitzgerald.

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