Tuesday 21 November 2017

Monaghan enter race to secure legendary Micko

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MONAGHAN are the latest county to go looking for Kerry legend Mick O'Dwyer to fill their vacant senior football manager's position.

It is understood that Monaghan officials sought a meeting with O'Dwyer in recent days.

The deadline for nominations to replace Seamus McEnaney was 6.0 yesterday evening and, even though the outgoing boss has ruled himself out of continuing, it is believed he has been nominated by several clubs.

Monaghan selector Paul Grimley is the latest to take umbrage at comments made by county chairman Paul Curran.

Curran suggested that the side needs an injection of new talent, saying "if Seamus had been able to replace some of these players, they wouldn't have had to go on for so long, and we wouldn't have so many players thinking of retiring right now."

Grimley said: "You get the feeling the chairman has gone on a bit of a solo run here for whatever reason. Is it a new manager Monaghan should be looking for or a new chairman?"

Meanwhile, Derry star Eoin Bradley looks set to get a big ban, that will not only affect his county, but could also keep him out of the upcoming International Rules series.

Oak Leaf officials have proposed that the forward gets a 48-week ban for an alleged altercation with a match referee after his club Glenullin were knocked out of the Derry championship last weekend.

Local disciplinary chiefs have also recommended that his older brother, Paddy, gets a four-week ban for allegedly verbally abusing the referee after the same game.

The Tyrone County Board have also reacted swiftly to a brawl during a SFC match between Ardboe and Omagh last weekend.

Play was halted for over five minutes as players from both sides became involved, and one from each side -- county star Justin McMahon (Omagh) and Ardboe's Gavin Wylie -- were sent off.

Tyrone's Competitions Control Committee (CCC) has proposed an eight-week suspension for Omagh's Michael Gallagher and four weeks each for Wylie, Frank McGuigan, Paul Coney and Shay Forbes (all Ardboe) and Omagh's McMahon, Brian O'Neill and Stephen Mullan.

Irish Independent

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