Wait goes on to find new Mourne manager
Just when it appeared that the Down board was about to confirm its successor to Jim McCorry as football manager, it suddenly became clear that the process will not be completed until early next month - a delay that could yet have ramifications for the Mournemen
With Down officially due to start training at the start of December, the new man will now be afforded a limited time-span in which to rubber-stamp his backroom team, select his initial panel and oversee the vital pre-season preparations so essential for success in the modern game.
A terse statement from the board last night has sparked further frustration within a county in which there is already palpable disappointment with the backdrop against which the selection process has been conducted.
The statement read: "The process for the appointment of a new senior football management in Down is continuing and will be completed within the next ten days.
"We wish to confirm that, contrary to some reports, there had been no intention to convene a meeting of the county committee this week.
"While we appreciate the inevitable speculation that builds around such appointments, there will be no further press statements on this matter ahead of the next meeting of county committee.
"We will be issuing a press release once countycommittee have ratified appointments."
While it is widely accepted that former senior boss James McCartan is ready to take over as minor manager, the fact that his appointment has not been formally ratified as yet is mystifying.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Down board had indicated that a "firm announcement" in relation to the appointment of a new senior boss would be made last night but instead they are still in limbo.