Eight nominated for Monaghan Senior team manager post

9 September 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The business of recruiting a man to lead Monaghan football in 2011 and beyond was kick-started in earnest on Monday night last as the final deadline for receipt of nominations by the county board passed.

The county committee met for their September monthly meeting in Tyholland where it was disclosed that eight nominations in total for the vacant position of senior football team-manager were received by Secretary Sean McKenna.

The meeting learned that only one person was nominated for the outgoing position of senior hurling team-manager and, similarily, just one person for the role of minor hurling manager.

The Northern Standard understands that, in both cases, Frank Brady and Brendan Murphy will continue in their respective roles for 2011.

While former county stars Eamonn McEneaney and Mick O’Dowd have been strongly linked to the senior football post, significantly, none of the identities of the nominees were revealed to the delegates present at the meeting in Tyholland which was representative of all 32 clubs in the county.

Indeed, it remains to be seen whether the list of runners and riders in due course is extended or reduced by due process.

The fact is some of the eight people who have been nominated by clubs may decide that they aren’t interested in taking on the role of senior football team-manager.

A special sub-committee has been put in place to expedite the process of finding a new county manager and ascertaining the level of interest, if any, among those nominated will be their first step.

While speculation is rife that outgoing supremo Seamus McEnaney is thought to be one of the aforementioned eight nominees about to be approached by this sub-committee, he made it plain via his last public statement that he would not welcome a nomination.

“Today I am confirming that I will not have my name submitted as a nominee for the manager’s position for 2011,” McEnaney declared in his statement.

“I believe that this is in the best interest of Monaghan football and indeed every decision I have ever made as Monaghan team-manager has been guided by that principle.”

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