Paul Coggins has confirmed that he will be stepping down as London Senior Football manager after five years of service.
Chairman Noel O’Sullivan led the tributes to the Roscommon native at last night’s County Baord meeting, thanking him for his hard work and recalling London’s purple patch under his reign, particularly the Championship win over Sligo and the Connacht Final against Mayo in 2013.
A Statement from Paul Coggins was read to the London County Committee: “After a lot of thought and having met with the main officers it is with regret and a heavy heart I have decided not to put my name forward for the coming season for the post of London County Senior Football Manager.”
He went on to thank the London board, clubs and his wife Ann for their support during his tenure.
“It always was a honour to be given the job. I have enjoyed it hugely. We gave it everything we had and I am sure that will continue in the future.
“I urge the County Committee to continue working to make our County teams as well prepared as possible as we are a competitive county and the work put in to achieve that needs to continue with the County Committee playing a key role in helping to make that happen.”
London GAA have officially thanked Coggins for the ‘new level of professionalism’ he bought to the Senior Football team.
“The summer of 2013 will live long in the memory of London Gaels with London reaching the Connacht Final and playing Cavan in Croke Park,” they said in a statement.
“From day one Paul brought a new level of professionalism to the Senior Football team and continuously strived to make improvements both on and off the field. Paul was served by a number of selectors, coaches and back room team during his tenure, London GAA would like to thank each individual for their work and effort during their time with the team.
“As a passionate and proud London Gael who never forgot his Roscommon roots Paul’s enthusiasm and pride for the London jerseys was a trait all London teams under his watch. His desire and hunger for London to be successful is a true testament to his pride for the County and the tag of Exile is one he embraced and drove his motivation.”
It was meanwhile confirmed that Fergus McMahon will remain manager of the London hurling team for 2016.