Tipp to invest time in replacing Sheedy
Tipperary will set the wheels in motion to replace Liam Sheedy and his management team when their appointments committee meets later this week.
The shock of Sheedy's departure less than five weeks after guiding the county to an All-Ireland hurling title is still sinking in around the county, but the business of replacing him must be tended to and, with that in mind, the nine-man committee will convene to put a structure in place to find a successor.
The five main officers of the county board, chairman Barry O'Brien, secretary Tim Floyd, treasurer Eamonn Buckley, vice-chairman Sean Nugent and PRO Ger Ryan, who also acted as liaison officer between the board and Sheedy and his squad, will be joined by the four divisional chairmen in the county to sift through names and potential candidates they have in mind.
Tipperary do not have a formal nomination process. The committee essentially has a blank sheet of paper to approach potential candidates and accept names of those who may be interested. Nor do they have a specific timeline to fill the vacancy.
"We won't be tied by time, though, obviously, we'd like to get the business done as quickly as we can," said Ryan yesterday.
Inevitably, as All-Ireland champions, there will be significant interest in the appointment. So far, the only declaration of intent has been from Declan Carr, who was last year's U-21 manager.
But Ken Hogan, who managed the U-21s to All-Ireland glory this year, is a declared non-runner.
Tommy Dunne, who coaches the U-21s, could be a target and it is felt that the nine-man committee will favour the manager/coach/selector structure that worked so well between Sheedy, Eamonn O'Shea and Michael Ryan.
The developments in Tipperary come as Conor Counihan revealed that he will make a decision about his future as Cork football manager within the next couple of weeks.
The prospects of Counihan remaining on for 2011 to defend the All-Ireland have increased, despite his admission that the pressure of time in such a position is enormous.
In the wake of Sheedy's departure, the feeling in Cork grew that having achieved All-Ireland success in the same timescale as Sheedy, and by very similar progression paths, Counihan might decide it was the appropriate time to step down.
But there are more encouraging signs now that Counihan will extend his term by at least one more season.
Meath remains the only outstanding football vacancy and their committee is expected to get down to contacting those nominated for the vacancy this week.
Outgoing manager Eamonn O'Brien has left his name in at this stage, but it appears unlikely that he will stay the distance after losing a vote of no confidence in September.
Paddy Carr, who has taken Kilmacud Crokes to a second Dublin final in three years, is a front runner, while Liam Harnan, who managed Skryne to the Meath title, is giving candidacy consideration. Former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has still to publicly commit himself to the post.
Former Meath midfielder Gerry McEntee, who is involved with St Brigid's in their push for a Dublin title at the weekend, has ruled himself out but Gerry Cooney, assistant to Kevin Kilmurray a few years back, may be an interested candidate.
Meanwhile, Tomas O Flatharta will attempt to tie up the strands of his management team in Galway this week after his appointment as manager last Thursday.
Pat Fallon and Matt Duggan, two of the original seven names nominated for the position, have been touted as potential candidates as has John Divilly, centre-back on the Tribesmen's 1998 All-Ireland-winning team.
O Flatharta feels Galway have to start looking to the future and forgetting about the immediate past if they are to progress.
He will also encourage attacking play in keeping with Galway's tradition, even if his defensive work with Westmeath in 2008 won plaudits.
"I can't get hung up on what has happened to Galway over the last few years. I have to look forward, that is my job," said the new Galway boss.
"Galway have a tradition of playing great, open football. The style of play I like is an attacking style, but you have to take other styles of play that have emerged in recent years into account as well. You have to get a mixture of everything. We have a good bit of learning and improving to do."