Colin Kelly has left his position as manager of the Louth footballers following their qualifier defeat by Longford on Saturday.

Despite winning back-to-back promotions over the past two league seasons, the Wee County have struggled to make inroads in the championship in Kelly's three years in charge, with the 2-15 to 1-10 loss to Longford following a heavy defeat by neighbours Meath in Leinster.

In a statement confirming he wouldn't seek another term, Kelly said: "I believe the time is right for someone else to take a fresh approach with a talented and committed group of players. 

"Our Championship ended on a disappointing note but the players have achieved progress with back to back promotions taking the county to Division 2.

"I wish to thank all members of my management team and the players for their efforts. 

"I feel Louth is now in a good position to push on and I look forward to going back to supporting the team as a proud Louth man."