Sunday 17 December 2017

Call of home irresistible -- McEneaney

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eamonn McEneaney has admitted the temptation to return to management in his native Monaghan was too strong to resist.

McEneaney, who continues to manage Mayobridge in Down, returns to Monaghan 11 years on from ending his previous stint in charge. But he is confident he has learned enough in the interim to make a difference over the next three years.

"I think I have learned a lot since I was last there. I'd be more experienced in a lot of ways," he said.

McEneaney said he would never have sought the Monaghan job had Seamus McEnaney kept his name in the hat.

"People asked me if I was interested and my reply was that I would be but only if there was a vacancy," said McEneaney.

"I think I can offer something. I've been involved in the last five Ulster titles Monaghan have won -- two U-21 titles as part of management and three senior titles as a player.

"Monaghan have had a lot of success at vocational schools level in recent years so there is a platform to build on the work already done."

Meanwhile, the 13 nominations for the vacant Meath position are likely to be narrowed down considerably in the coming days.

A three-man committee comprising county board chairman Barney Allen, the former DRA secretary Liam Keane and former All-Ireland-winning captain Joe Cassells will recommend a candidate in the next couple of weeks after conducting interviews.

The names of Gerry McEntee, Liam Harnan, Colm O'Rourke, Sean Kelly and Jody Devine are likely to fall away due to lack of interest.

Paddy Carr, the current Kilmacud Crokes manager, is now emerging as the front-runner.

Eamonn O'Brien, the outgoing manager who received most nominations from clubs, is unlikely to make himself available for interview, however.

McEnaney's name also remains in the mix for the position and the three-man committee have been empowered to choose an 'outside' manager if they wish, but that scenario appears unlikely.

Irish Independent

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