Billy Sheehan looks set to succeed Mike Quirke as Laois senior football manager.

Sheehan will be recommended to take the reins from fellow Kerryman Quirke by the county's selection committee.

In doing so he will be the sixth successive manager from the Kingdom that Laois have turned to, with Quirke's predecessors John Sugrue, Tomás O Flatharta, Liam Kearns and Mick O'Dwyer, all having stints in the midlands.

Quirke resigned as manager in the wake of July's 3-20 to 1-10 Leinster SFC loss against Westmeath.

He was critical of his players after the defeat and in his statement admitted it was a "difficult slog" during his time in charge. Laois were relegated from Division 2 of the Allianz Football League this year after losing a play-off to Down.

Tralee native Sheehan played for the midlanders for ten years from 2005 to 2015. He served as a selector with Cork under Peadar Healy for two years before being named in Stephen Wallace's Offaly backroom team in 2018.

Laois hold a county committee meeting on Monday 18 October when he is likely to be ratified.