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Saturday 25 November 2017

McEnaney opts not to continue with Monaghan

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

TWO weeks ago, Seamus McEnaney's reappointment as Monaghan football manager seemed a mere formality but now they are in the market for a new boss for the first time in six years.

McEnaney yesterday announced that he wouldn't be allowing his name to go forward for nomination and, while his resignation statement betrays no anger at the recent sequence of events, it remains to be seen what the fallout will be in Monaghan.

He would have been happy to continue and was confidently expected to have his six-year term extended by another three years at a recent county board meeting. However, in a move that took many by surprise, it was decided to invite clubs to submit nominations for the position.

McEnaney declared afterwards that he would take time to consider his position, but it was always most unlikely that he would allow himself become involved in a competition for a job he held for so long.

In a statement issued yesterday, he said that he would not allow his name to go forward "in the best interests of Monaghan football".

Citing the progress Monaghan had made in recent years, he said he was one of only 20 Monaghan supporters in Carlow for a league game in February 2004 and compared it with the 20,000 people from the county who attended this year's Ulster final.

"For a team to progress, you need everybody going in the one direction; management, players, county board, clubs, supporters and sponsors," McEnaney said.

"This is the solid foundation that has served us well over the last six years and it is with this that I would encourage everybody concerned to move on."

Paul Grimley and Martin McElkennon were key members of McEnaney's back-room team, but it's unlikely that either will take over in the hot seat.

However, there's certain to be big interest in the job as Monaghan not only reached this year's Ulster final but also retained their place in Division 1 of the NFL.

The circumstances surrounding McEnaney's departure could cause some friction as he was interested in continuing and believed he had the necessary backing at county board level, so it came as a surprise when it was decided to open the matter up to the individual clubs.

Irish Independent

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