Tyrone hurling has been plunged into crisis following the departure of the senior team manager, just weeks after taking on the role.
Antrim man Dominic Kearns has departed the post, leaving the Red Hands without a manager, just a month ahead of the start of the National Hurling League.
The Dunloy native was appointed in mid-December, and took just a handful of sessions with the players, before deciding to step down.
“Dominic Kearns has stepped aside and the county executive is actively seeking a manager for the 2016 season,” county PRO Eunan Lindsay confirmed.
The debacle threatens to derail the significant progress made by Tyrone under previous boss Mattie Lennon, who stepped down at the end of last season following two campaigns in charge.
Under his stewardship, the Red Hands won a first ever Nicky Rackard Cup title and secured successive league promotions.
However, uncertainty now surrounds the immediate future of a team that has brought unprecedented success to the county in recent times.