Monday 19 February 2018

Monaghan job of no interest to Moyna in current climate

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Niall Moyna will not be seeking the vacant Monaghan football management job, preferring instead to devote his attention to DCU and Dublin, where he is a key component of Pat Gilroy's back-room team.

Moyna, who has helped to devise Dublin's fitness programme under Gilroy, is one of four names nominated for the position which has come up for grabs since the county board batted back a proposal to give Seamus McEnaney another three years in charge.

Moyna says, however, that he hasn't been approached and has no interest, in the current climate, in returning to work with his native county.

"I don't feel it is a very good situation. It will be hard for anyone to go in and try to win over a group of players who clearly have a preference for the outgoing manager to remain," he said.

"Personally, I feel Seamus McEnaney was right to look for three years when he did. He has done a fantastic job.


"I haven't been approached about the job. My commitment is to DCU and I'll be working in the background with Dublin."

Former Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney is the favourite but there is still strong support for the outgoing McEnaney, who is understood to have been nominated by at least eight clubs.

Former players Bernie Murray and Mick O'Dowd are also on the initial shortlist, but there has been some speculation that Pete McGrath may be interested in a return to inter-county management in Monaghan.

Meanwhile, Limerick expect to appoint a new hurling manager in the next two weeks, according to county board secretary Mike O'Riordan. Pat Herbert, Pat Heffernan and Tony Considine are among the names being speculated upon locally.

Fergal O'Donnell has committed to Roscommon for another two years. O'Donnell led the Rossies to a shock Connacht championship win in July and has silenced rumours that he would step down.

In Mayo, former Irish Independent GAA correspondent Liam Horan will chair a Mayo review committee that will look at all aspects of the game. Horan, a freelance journalist/broadcaster in the west, will compile an 'Action Plan' which will form the bedrock of development of in the county.

In Derry, Lavey's John Brennan has emerged as favourite to succeed Damian Cassidy.

Irish Independent

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