Brian Hanley has stepped down as Westmeath senior and under 21 hurling manager after three years in the job.

The Athenry native decided to resign following the defeat of the Westmeath under 21 hurlers to Dublin last week. 

The Lake County recorded championship victories over Antrim, London and Carlow during Hanley's time in charge.

Westmeath finished second from bottom in this year's Leinster SHC qualifying group but preserved their Liam MacCarthy Cup status with a victory over Christy Ring Cup champions Kildare in a promotion/relegation play-off.

"I wish to confirm as of Wednesday evening last that I am standing down as Westmeath senior & U21 hurling manager after 3 ¼ years in charge," Hanley said in a statement.
"I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me and formed part of my management team during this period and most of all the players.

"Also I would like to thank the county and hurling board for their full support of me and wish them and Westmeath continued success on the field.

"I really hope that they can build on the strong foundations that are now laid in place and fully expect Westmeath to gain promotion in the league next year followed by round-robin success, Iarmhi Abú."

Westmeath GAA thanked Hanley for "his time, committment and dedication to the promotion of hurling since 2011. 
"He has strived to improve the standing of the game within the county and raise the profile of Westmeath's standing at national level during his time here. 
"Brian is wished the very best in all his future endeavours."