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No rush for Royals post

MEATH are unlikely to have a new senior football manager in place for at least another month with nominations for the position being taken until 5.0 tomorrow evening. Former trainer Sean Kelly, Seneschalstown manager Damien Sheridan, and Kilmacud Crokes boss Paddy Carr have all been nominated -- as has Eamon O'Brien, though it remains to be seen if he will allow his name to go forward after his unceremonious removal earlier this month.

Several other big names within the county have been linked, including Colm O'Rourke and Gerry McEntee, though it looks unlikely that either will go for the job. Outside candidates such as Seamus McEnaney, Tom Carr and Joe Kernan have all been mooted as potential managers but it looks as if Meath will elect to stay within the county in searching for O'Brien's successor.

"We will contact the nominees, arrange an interview and then begin the selection process," said Royal County chairman Barney Allen. "However, we are keen to avoid a repeat of last year's lengthy process. If we have to, we will convene a special County Committee meeting before the scheduled November meeting to ratify the new manager."

KERRY stars Declan O'Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy have both trained with the provisional Ireland International Rules panel, quashing speculation that the Kingdom could boycott the squad. Several Kerry notables were critical of manager Anthony Tohill's public comments on the incident that led to Paul Galvin being banned for eight weeks earlier this year and suggested that his team-mates would turn their back on the two-test series, which starts next month.

Galvin has not trained with Ireland but O'Sullivan, Donaghy and former Kerry player Tadhg Kennelly are all expected to be part of Tohill's final squad.

CON Hogan has become just the second person to announce his candidacy to run for GAA president. A member of the Management Committee at Croke Park, Hogan has also spearheaded multi-million euro developments at Semple Stadium, including the flood-lighting of the famous arena, and is currently a GAA Trustee.

Already, former Leinster Council chairman Liam O'Neill has confirmed he will run for the post he was beaten to by Christy Cooney in 2008.

DERRY star Eoin Bradley has had a 48-week ban halved by Oak Leaf officials. The Glenullin man was proposed for the suspension after an incident with a referee in a club match, but the offence was downgraded and the penalty cut on Tuesday night by the Derry Hearings Committee.