Saturday 16 December 2017

Players back McEnaney

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Monaghan football squad has come out strongly in support of manager Seamus McEnaney, who is considering his options after a surprise county board move earlier this week to invite challengers to his position.

The players met on Wednesday night and have "unanimously" backed McEnaney, in charge for the last six years, to remain at the helm.

McEnaney had signed up to a three-year extension last week by agreement with the county executive. But when that proposal was put to clubs on Monday night it was agreed to ask for other nominations by early September.

McEnaney was understood to be close to quitting earlier in the week but such strong support from the players could embolden him again.

"As players, we are very unhappy with the way our manager has been treated," the statement read.

"We do not understand why the county board publicly backed Seamus McEnaney for another three-year term and then behind the scenes set up a process to invite nominations.

"We feel we have one of the best management teams in the country and cannot understand why we would be seeking nominations.

"At a meeting of the county committee the club delegates voted in favour of seeking nominations for the post of senior team manager.

"Our players' meeting revealed that only two club delegates out of 15 clubs consulted with their county players prior to the decision the board came to.

"This raises serious concerns about how delegates, who were supposed to be representing their clubs, came to their decision without contacting the people within their clubs whom this would affect the most, their county players."

Irish Independent

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