Ciaran Deely's four-year stint as London GAA manager has come to an end after the decision was made by the county board not to continue his tenure.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport this afternoon, Deely said that he received a phone call yesterday afternoon from the London County Board secretary informing him that "they wanted a new manager in charge for the next few years."
Deely added: "I asked for the usual end of season review to go through everything and speak about the plans for next year but it didn't happen.
"I feel after four years as manager and a fifth year as head coach to have no end of season review, just a phone call from someone who doesn’t have a vote on the executive, that was a bit disappointing.
"I understand that it’s a results-based business. I work in sport. It’s my full-time job. I understand any manager that doesn’t get results gets the sack in football and in GAA it’s a case of not renewing the contract."
Deely said in a tweet yesterday evening that he was "disappointed" with the county board's decision and that he was "very proud of the work" he and his backroom staff achieved since taking over from Paul Goggins in 2015.
Statement: London Senior Football and Hurling managers pic.twitter.com/5fwwFc1k7T— Official London GAA (@LondainGAA) July 3, 2019
London GAA released a statement this afternoon confirming the news and thanked Deely and his backroom team for their services.
Deely said he wanted to make it clear that he "didn’t resign from the London position and didn’t want any other narrative said."
London pushed Galway all the way in their Connacht quarter-final in Ruislip back in May.
A last-minute goal chance for Killian Butler squeezed wide and Galway came away four-point winners in the end.
London eventually bowed out of the 2019 Championship with a ten-point loss to Offaly in the first round of the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers at O'Moore Park.
In 2018, he recorded two wins and draw in the Allianz League, leaving London sitting fourth in the Division 4 table.
The now former London boss continued: "What I would like to think we achieved over the four seasons is that we can compete.
"Maybe the county board doesn't appreciate the culture change around the team. We’re not flying any lads over, players aren’t coming in and out all the time. That stuff that would have happened over my years, we’ve got rid of. And I’d be very proud of that.
"Coming off the field against Galway, to think at that point that they wouldn't want us there again, it would have been a little bit surprising."
Regardless of our differences, I would like to thank the London County Board for giving me the chance to be an Inter-County Manager at the age of 32. We were an inch away from beating Galway in C'Ship this year, but I accept it’s a results business rather than what you build👍— Ciaran Deely (@CiDeely) July 2, 2019
Noted for being one of the GAA’s most vocal and transparent managers, Deely penned an opinion piece in the Irish Examiner earlier this summer about the restructuring of the Championship and the challenges the 'weaker counties' face.
"You'd be very, very disappointed if that played any part in decisions like that," he said this afternoon.
"A lot of people in GAA don’t say anything including players, coaches and managers. I just think people need to enjoy it a bit more and should speak out.
"I’ve always stood up for what I believe in and that won’t change."
Deely captained his native county Wexford to an All Ireland semi-final in 2008 and said "it's very hard to say no to your home county", when asked about a potential move.
"I’m not making any decisions or thinking about any of that right now."