Paul Galvin has stepped down from his role as manager of the Wexford footballers, citing time and travel commitments as the reasons behind the unexpected decision.

The 40-year-old took over the Yellowbellies last September and was midway through his maiden league campaign in the hotseat before the coronavirus brought a halt to sporting activities.

Galvin has revealed that his family has relocated to the west of Ireland during the lockdown, with the time and travel commitments required forcing his decision.

The 2009 Footballer of the Year will be replaced in an interim capacity by his selector Shane Roche.

"Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Dublin my family has moved back to the west of Ireland. I am stepping away from my role with Wexford due to the new time and travel commitments involved," Galvin said in a statement.

"My business has also undergone significant growth in the past few months and needs attention. I have enjoyed the past 16 months watching, coaching and promoting football in the county since June 2019.

"I would like to thank the Wexford county board for the opportunity and support. Thank you to the players and backroom staff also. I have a strong belief in the talent in the county. 

"I wish everybody associated with Wexford football success in the near future." 

Galvin had made an encouraging start in the role, with Wexford occupying second position in Division 4 after three wins before lockdown and are due to face Wicklow on 31 October or 1 November in the first round of the Leinster championship.

"It is with regret that Wexford GAA has accepted Paul Galvin's decision to step away from the role of senior football manager and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours," their statement read.

"Wexford GAA would like to thank Paul for his commitment and dedication over the past 16 months as senior football manager.

"It is without doubt that Wexford football is in a much stronger position thanks to his efforts during this time, which is reflected in the senior team’s results to date, which have placed the side in contention for promotion from Division 4 of the National Football League.

"The role of an inter-county manager is a constantly evolving one with an ever-increasing level of commitment required, and particularly so this year in light of the pandemic.

"We appreciate and understand the changes in Paul’s personal circumstances which have led to this decision and we wish both Paul and Louise (Galvin’s wife) well in their new home in the west of Ireland and with their business endeavours."