Louth manager Pete McGrath is going to take some time to consider his future in the role.

His side were sent crashing out of the championship when they suffered a shock 10 point defeat to Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.

"It’s early but I will take some time out to consider," McGrath told RTÉ Sport.

"I’m a year in Louth I’ve had some time to look around and see what the attitudes are and what the players are like.

"We had difficulties, where a lot of players left the squad, we had basically a panel of 24 and that is disappointing, those who stayed and committed were very committed and I have nothing but respect for them.

"As for my own future I will take a bit of time to look at it."

Louth started well, their first score of the game was a goal and at half-time they led by one point. However just before the break they were reduced to 14-men when corner back James Craven was shown a red card.

Then in the second-half Leitrim took control and earned a comprehensive victory.

"We got off to the perfect start, we got the goal early on, we got a point, we were scoring freely.

"In that first fifteen or twenty minutes I thought we were by far the better team. We missed a number of scoring opportunities by people maybe shooting a bit prematurely, we could have worked the ball in.

"We could have been seven, eight or nine ahead, and then the sending off had a major bearing on the game.

"Leitrim got initiative in the start of the second-half they fired over three points inside the first two minutes and they had all the momentum. They had all the confidence with the crowd behind them, everything they touched turned to gold."

Louth lost the first round of the Leinster championship to Carlow and in the aftermath of that game McGrath was very critical of his players. This time round he only had praise for their effort.

"After the Carlow game I thought it was legitimate to question ambition, appetite and desire in the second half it wasn’t meant as a criticism it was a reality.

"Tonight they definitely kept going against difficult odds, they kept playing and with a bit of luck we could have got at least two goals and it may have given the game a different dynamic. The goals didn’t come."