Wexford's outgoing manager Paul McLoughlin has told RTÉ Sport that football is "in a difficult position" in the county.

An unhappy two-year spell in charge of the Model County ended with a 4-16 to 0-10 defeat to Derry in their first round qualifier in Wexford Park.

Wexford are now plying their trade in Division 4 and appear to be struggling to win the hearts and minds of promising young athletes in the county, with the hurlers seen as a more attractive option.

Losing the likes of Barry O'Connor to the AFL has not helped, but McLoughlin cut a resigned figure as he assessed his side's 18-point loss on home soil.

"On the day we were outclassed. We didn't press in the first half, we did not push up and then the game got away from us," he told RTÉ Sport.

"We lost the second half by five or six points into a strong breeze. We played a little better in the second half but maybe Derry took the foot off the pedal. The game was probably gone at that stage. In fairness to our fellows they fought manfully on but they have done that the whole year," he added.

"I think it is up to the Wexford County Board and the team to move it on but I certainly won't be going on next year.

"I have done two years. I think we have done a lot of decent work but we are probably in a difficult position with football in the county. But they are a great bunch of players."