Thursday 22 February 2018

Proud McEnaney drops no hints over his future

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WILL HE stay or will he go?

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney inevitably faced the hard question after his side's loss to Kildare and while some thought he was hinting at quitting, it was actually hard to tell.

"I've given six years to the job and I'm very proud of this group of players that have brought Mon-aghan from a low ebb to dining at the top table, and the expectation that goes with that," he said.

There is already speculation that a vast tranche of the team's veterans will also call it a day if 'The Banty' goes, but he insisted: "I haven't thought about it (his future) in any shape or form."

"These fellas will be disappointed with last Sunday, they'll be disappointed with this, but these lads will shake themselves down. They showed in the Ulster championship that they're far from an ageing team. There is plenty of room for them to push on," he added.

Their Ulster final defeat six days earlier was only the second time in six years that they'd lost a championship game by more than four points (the other was Tyrone in 2005), he pointed out, yet he still refused to blame their short turnaround.

"There was a serious level of fitness there coming into the Ulster final, so the only thing needed in the last six days was to get the head right.

Victorious Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney was his usual stoic self, insisting that he wasn't worried by their slow start.

"I'd have felt at half-time we could turn it around, I thought the fellas were competing hard, but probably took a few wrong options. I'd rather finish well than start well," he noted.

He shocked the assembled media by praising the referee and then went on to say that self-belief is what most influences player performance in big games.

"Sometimes players decide themselves 'frig this, I'm just going to go and take this'. You've more regrets about what you didn't do than what you did do, and self-belief is everything."

Irish Independent

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