Sunday 18 August 2019

McEnaney the front-runner to return as Monaghan manager

Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

The managerial merry-go-round is already in full swing with nine inter-county football jobs to be filled and the vacant post in Monaghan, last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists, attracting most interest, writes Michael Verney.

There is understood to be a three-way race to replace Malachy O'Rourke at the Farney helm with Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney, Tony McEntee and Mattie McGleenan the trio set to contest the role.

In an era when second comings are becoming commonplace, McEnaney is understood to be the front-runner for a return to a post he previously held from 2004 to 2010 when leading his native county to Division 2 league success.

There is also a possibility that former Fermanagh boss Rory Gallagher - who departed the Erne County hot-seat earlier this week - could be part of McEnaney's backroom team were he successful.

Former Mayo coach/selector McEntee - an All-Ireland winner as a player with Armagh in 2002 - and former Scotstown and Cavan manager McGleenan are also involved in a contest that is expected to take shape in the coming weeks.

Incidentally, O'Rourke's name has been touted as a possible replacement for Cian O'Neill in Kildare despite the expectation that the former Monaghan boss will take a break from the inter-county scene in 2020.

While several jobs are up for grabs, many other counties have confirmed that there will be no changes for next season with John Maughan staying on as Offaly football manager with the same backroom team to be ratified for another year.

Similarly, Éamonn Scallan will remain as Wicklow hurling supremo for another season after leading the Garden men to Division 2B league glory, although the departure of his football counterpart John Evans has caused some controversy.

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Leinster Council delegate Billy Byrne has resigned from Wicklow's Executive Committee, citing annoyance with how Evans' review meeting was conducted.

Meanwhile, John Meyler's replacement as Cork hurling boss will have to plan without experienced defender Christopher Joyce for most of next year after the Na Piarsaigh clubman suffered a second cruciate knee ligament tear in a recent club game.

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