Cribbin steps down in Westmeath

July 15, 2017

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin.
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Tom Cribbin has stepped down after three years as Westmeath football manager.

Rumours had been circulating yesterday that the Clane man was about to call time on his Lake County reign and he confirmed today that he had "brought the team as far as he could" and that a "new voice" was needed in the dressing-room.

Cribbin led Westmeath to back-to-back Leinster SFC finals for the first time in their history in 2015 and '16, only to lose both to Dublin. He also guided the midlanders to an Allianz League Division 4 title earlier this year and to a Leinster SFC quarter-final victory over Offaly (after a replay) for the second year in succession. However, a 31-point drubbing by Dublin was followed by an entirely avoidable championship exit at the hands of 14-man Armagh last Saturday.

The former Laois and Offaly manager's finest hour as Westmeath supremo came in his first year when he led the county to a first-ever championship victory over arch-rivals Meath following a memorable second half comeback at Croke Park. 

A committee will be appointed at next Wednesday's county board meeting to find a new manager with this year's U21 boss and two-time All Star John Keane the early favourite to fill the vacancy.


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