Sunday 26 February 2017

Managers -- the search goes on

WHILE many others prevaricate and knock on a wide variety of doors, Donegal are poised to be the first county out of the managerial blocks this summer when it comes to filling a vacancy.

We haven't reached August and -- apart from Munster -- there has already been a fair bit of managerial blood spilled on the dressing-room floors around the country.

Officialdom in Cavan, Fermanagh, Laois, Wicklow, Mayo and London are all on the look-out for a new football manager, but in contrast to Donegal, there appears to be little movement in filling those vacancies. Others like Leitrim, Carlow, Wexford, Galway, Derry and Monaghan could be joining that hunt shortly.

Laois have rattled a few cages. Following the departure of Sean Dempsey, initial reports indicated they wanted Mick O'Dwyer and late last week, there were rumours that they had approached another Kerryman, Darragh O Se, who told them he didn't want to become a manager so soon after retiring from playing.

In the meantime, Donegal are going native again and will tonight ratify Jim McGuinness (pictured above) as their new football boss.

Irish Independent

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