RACE TO FIND NEW MONAGHAN COUNTY TEAM MANAGER IS UP AND RUNNING

24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

In the wake of Eamonn McEneaney’s resignation Monaghan football is on the hunt for a new manager. by KEVIN CARNEY.
The business of recruiting a man to become the public face of Monaghan football in 2013 was kick-started in earnest on Monday night last when the county committee met to rubber stamp the setting up of a four-man selection committee. The identity of the quartet charged with expediting the process of finding a successor to erstwhile county boss Eamonn McEneaney has been formally revealed and comes in the wake of the decision by Kieran Lavelle (Clontibret) to withdraw his services. Lavelle’s replacement, Peter Coyle (Monaghan Harps) was ratified by the county committee last Monday and joins County Board Chairman Paul Curran, Gerry Duffy (Drumhowan) and Austin Corrigan (Scotstown) on the selection committee.
Right now, it would appear that ascertaining the level of interest, if any, among those nominated will be the selection committee’s first step.
So far, four people have been nominated by one or more clubs from around the county, i.e. Bernie Murray (Scotstown); Declan Brennan (Clontibret); Kevin Carragher (Clontibret) and former team-manager Seamus McEnaney (Corduff).
It is understood no final deadline for receipt of nominations has been set out by the county board or adopted by the newly-established selection committee but it is anticipated that all concerned with finding a new supremo will be anxious to seal the deal on nominations in days rather than weeks.
Thereafter the committee of four is unlikely to waste any time in drawing up a short-list of candidates and then carrying out interviews with them.
The likelihood too is that the favoured candidates may have to undergo a second interview before we see any white smoke emerging from Cloghan.
It looks like an intense couple of weeks of teasing out plans and tossing around goals lies ahead before the four man selection committee ultimately puts its number one choice in front of the powers-that-be for approval.
If the county’s GAA powerbrokers gave the selection committee’s preferred choice the thumbs up, then it’ll be game-ball but, if not, it’ll be very much a case of back to the drawing board but the latter scenario is unlikely to transpire.
Either way, one imagines that Curran and co will be focussed on declaring their final hand by the time of the first county board meeting in September.
In the immediate term, it remains to be seen whether or not the current number of nominations is expanded upon by the advent of next week.
However it would seem unlikely that the tally of nominees from the clubs (four) will be the sum total arrived at by next Monday, for instance.
Indeed, it will be a major surprise if some of the four man selection committee aren’t approached by other parties over the next few days.
Already, the word on the street is that by the time the interview process has been kick-started next week, at least two non-native managers will have joined the race to be Monaghan’s next football supremo. The word on the grapevine is that latter-day Meath boss McEnaney is the favourite among the punters to again fill the hot seat.
Whatever about the views of punters, pundits or bookies, the calibre …

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