CLEARLY DEFINED TARGETS SET FOR NEW COUNTY BOSS O’ROURKE

14 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY KEVIN CARNEY
Derrylin native Malachy O’Rourke will be the public face of Gaelic football in county Monaghan for at least the next two years and depending on how he gets on in that period, he might well be at the tiller a third year too. O’Rourke emerged as the preferred choice of the four-man think-tank charged by the county committee to find a successor to Eamonn McEneaney.
Reports from across the county suggest the former Fermanagh senior countyman
was also the preferred choice of senior members of the outgoing Monaghan panel.
The ratification of O’Rourke as the new supremo took place at the monthly meeting of the county board on Monday last when a show of hands from club delegates and the top table ushered in a new era for the GAA in Monaghan.
In seeing off competition from erstwhile Clare football boss Micheal McDermott (a native of Shercock) and former Armagh player Aidan O’Rourke (a latter day coach with Down and before that Kildare), the much travelled O’Rourke has been given a glorious opportunity to make the biggest name ever for himself.
Those who know O’Rourke will tell you that there’s not a chance he would have wanted to succeed Eamonn McEneaney if he wasn’t convinced there was still enough talent in the Monaghan squad to poach the Anglo Celt Cup in the short, rather than the long, term.
“Malachy would have his finger on the pulse as regards football in Ulster and the talent in most of the counties and he’s not throwing in his lot with Monaghan just for something to do in the evenings and at the week-ends,” opined a long-time Cavan Gaels club officer who worked alongside O’Rourke in
2007 when he delivered a county SFC title for the county town side.
“I think he knows enough about Monaghan football to give him a good headstart too and the fact that he’s an outsider mightn’t be any harm for the county at this point.
“He’s a man who”ll demand respect from those working with …

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