Pete McGrath has stepped down as Louth football manager.

He had said he'd take time to consider his future in the wake of the Wee County's 10-point defeat to Leitrim in the second round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

They had previous been beaten by 2-17 to 0-12 by Carlow in the first round of the Leinster SFC. 

"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," he told RTÉ Sport at the time.

"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."

It's now been confirmed that his future does not lie with Louth, who said in a statement: "Louth GAA would like to place on record our appreciation to Pete and his backroom team for all their efforts and commitment with our senior squad this year.

"Pete has a great enthusiasm for the game and Louth GAA enjoyed a positive working relationship with him and his management team.

"We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours." 

McGrath took the reins last September after Colin Kelly declined to seek an extension to his tenure.