By David Hennessy.
London’s defeat to Westmeath in Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier brings an end to Eamonn Phelan’s reign in charge of the county hurling team.
Speaking to The Irish World after the game, Phelan said: “Today was my last day as London manager. Last year we made a decision to stay on for one more year with the fact it was Liam McCarthy but we put plans in motion to move home: We sold up the house and we’ve been waiting until the hurling is finished so we’re actually moving home now.”
Appointed in late 2010, Phelan took charge of London’s hurlers for the 2011 league campaign. He led The Exiles to Nicky Rackard triumph in 2011 and to a Christy Ring Cup in 2012.
There was more silverware this year as The Exiles went all the way in the league to take Division 2B. Phelan and his back room staff were honoured for their achievements at last year’s Irish World awards.
Looking back on his tenure, Phelan said: “It’s been a good three years. I suppose there are plenty of teams that haven’t won much. We’ve won the Nicky Rackard, I suppose everyone would say we should be winning that. No one expected us to win the Christy Ring last year and the National League.”
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