Declan Carr who stepped down as Tipperary senior ladies football manager. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Carr steps down as Ladies Football manager

By Shane Brophy

On a weekend in which Meath claimed the limelight for their incredible All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship success, Tipperary will go back to the drawing board for 2022, after manager Declan Carr stepped down. The Holycross/Ballycahill club completed just one year in charge, enduring a difficult campaign with relegation from division one of the National League, and only avoided relegation in the senior championship with a last gasp win over Tyrone two weeks ago. However, Carr fell on his sword and in a statement to Tipp FM, it suggested a difference of opinion between himself and the players as to the future direction of the team.

Following a meeting with the County Board last weekend, he said: “following our discussions it became apparent that the standards I was working towards and the ambition I had for the team was not the same as some of the players,” he said.

“I have really enjoyed my time working with this team but I believe now is the right time to step away and let a new manager and voice work with them next year. I want to wish all of the players the very best.

“I would also like to thank the extremely hard working management team.”

In response, Tipperary Ladies Football thanked Declan Carr and his management team for their service in what was a difficult campaign, added to by a large number of players being ruled out through injury and other reasons for significant periods.

“Tipperary Ladies Football would like to sincerely thank Declan Carr and his management team for all their hard work, time and commitment to our Senior Ladies team over the past season. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish Declan and all involved in his management team the very best in their future endeavours,” said the Ladies Football Board in a statement.