West Kerryman Tomás Ó Flaharta has been confirmed as the new Laois senior football manager, replacing Justin McNulty in the role.
Ó Flaharta, the former Westmeath and Galway boss, was ratified at the October county board meeting on Monday night.
Next season, his new side will come up against Wicklow in the opening round of the Leinster Championship as he seeks to establish himself in his new role.
Ó Flaharta's stint in charge of Westmeath lasted from 2005 until 2009; he resigned as manager after a defeat by neighbours Meath in the All-Ireland qualifiers. During his time in the role his side won the National League Division 2 title in 2006 and 2008.
In October 2010, Ó Flaharta was appointed as Galway boss; however, in August 2011, he was relieved of his duties following a season where the Tribesmen were relegated to Division 2 of the National League and failed to win a Championship match.
As a player, Ó Flaharta played first with An Ghaeltacht in Kerry before joining Kilmacud Crokes, where he was part of the team that won the 1995 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship.
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