Thursday 19 April 2018

Cavan chief tight-lipped over 'Pillar' link to hot seat

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CAVAN County Board chairman Tom Reilly has insisted that they will "not be rushed" into appointing Tommy Carr's successor after Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey became the latest name to be linked to the post.

Caffrey has relations in the county but he has stated in the past that he wouldn't manage anyone other than Dublin. Former Down manager Pete McGrath has also been linked with the post, along with Cavan native Terry Hyland, who earlier this season led the county's U-21 and junior sides to Ulster and Leinster finals respectively.

"We're taking soundings from the clubs and listening to what people have to say," Reilly said. "The executive will put a committee to appoint the next manager in place in early September with a view to appointing a manager in October."

The senior championship in the county is at the quarter-final stage and Reilly admitted that it's unlikely that a manager will be in place before its conclusion. He also confirmed that they have no mandate regarding whether the appointment should come from inside or outside the county.

"We have a lot of ground work to put in before that. There has been a lot of paper talk but we won't be rushed into anything," he said.

Elsewhere, the future of Seamus McEnaney as Monaghan football manager could be sorted out as early as next Monday night's county board meeting.

The county executive met last night to ensure proper procedures were in place ahead of Monday's meeting, but no decision was taken and McEnaney was not due to be present. McEnaney has been at the helm for the past six seasons that has seen them progress hugely. However, championship silverware has eluded them.

Meanwhile, newly installed Donegal boss Jim McGuinness held the first of his trial games on Monday night with a view to unearthing some new talent. He will have another chance to watch some of the county's best players when the SFC semis between Naomh Conaill and Glenswilly and Four Masters against Killybegs are played.

Finally, the fate of Wexford football and hurling managers Jason Ryan and Colm Bonnar will become clearer tonight when the county board will meet the pair for an end-of- season review.

Irish Independent

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