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Confirmed: Monaghan manager hunt comes to an end with Vinny Corey appointed to role

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Vinny Corey won two Ulster titles with Monaghan during his playing career. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Vinny Corey won two Ulster titles with Monaghan during his playing career. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Vinny Corey won two Ulster titles with Monaghan during his playing career. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Vinny Corey has been confirmed as the new Monaghan football manager.

Monaghan have brought their exhaustive search for a replacement for Seamus McEnaney to an end with Corey's approval.

His brother Martin will be at his side as a coach while another former Monaghan defender Dermot McArdle will also be part of the backroom team, which will be completed by Gabriel Bannigan, who has managed a range of clubs in Dublin, including Kilmacud Crokes.

Martin Corey has been with Mickey Graham in Cavan in recent years.

Vinny Corey had a long and distinguished career as a Monaghan footballer, winning two Ulster titles in 2013 and 2015, before retiring in late 2019.

He is a Clontibret club-mate of Conor McManus and the expectation is now that the veteran forward will commit for another year.

He had been part of McEnaney's backroom team in 2021 and 2022, working as a coach and selector.

His appointment followed attempts to persuade two former Dublin footballers, Jason Sherlock and Ger Brennan, to take over from McEnaney, who stepped down after three years in charge.

Monaghan had been one of three Division One teams struggling to fill management vacancies, though Roscommon may be close to replacing Anthony Cunningham.

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