Monday 11 December 2017

McEnaney may walk away

Seamus McEnaney's future as Monaghan manager is in grave doubt after the county board's decision to open up the process of appointing a manager, writes colm keys.

McEnaney had agreed a three-year term with the executive last week which was expected to be rubberstamped by the board on Monday night.

But in a surprise move, the process was thrown open to nominations and effectively McEnaney will now have to apply for a job he thought he had secured.

And it now looks like he will bring his six-year association with Monaghan to an end after admitting that he will have to "think very carefully" about these developments.

"The decision of Monaghan GAA County Committee to now ask for nominations for the job that I have been privileged and honoured to hold can be interpreted in different ways," he said in a statement.

"One perspective is that there are some who feel that I may not be the man to continue to lead this team. Do I wish my name to go forward and perhaps be part of a 'competition' for the post I have held for the last six years?" he asked rhetorically.

McEnaney has strong support to continue from the Monaghan players, which was the influential factor in his agreement to remain in charge, a fact he made reference to in his statement.

"I thought long and hard about my own future as Monaghan team manager after our exit from the 2010 championship. I listened to people whose views matter to me.

"I listened in particular to the experienced players. I came to the conclusion that, with a further three years, we had every prospect of making further progress."

Monaghan reached an Ulster final in July for the second time in four years and retained Division 1 status in April. Clearly he is not keen to enter a 'contest' for the position, however.

If he doesn't, former players Eamonn McEneaney, Kevin Carragher and Mick O'Dowd could be considered.

McEnaney was linked recently with the vacant Laois job and may be keen to remain in inter-county management if he does vacate the Monaghan position.

Irish Independent

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