14 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

FERMANAGh native Malachy O’Rourke is the new Monaghan senior football team manager after his appointment for a three year term was ratified at last Monday night’s in camera County Committee meeting in Cloghan.
Malachy O’Rourke’s was the name that had hit the streets as the front runner, albeit on a speculative note a week or so back, following the completion of the nomination and interview process for the position but it was confirmed even before last Monday night’s meeting that his was the only name that was being put forward.
At the outset there were a number of nominations, five from within the county, but it came down to a second interview which saw O’Rourke emerge as the front runner having fought off competition from within the county as well as from Armagh’s Aidan O’Rourke and Michael McDermott who had been managing Clare.
Malachy O’Rourke is the first manager from outside the county to be appointed since Meath’s Colm Coyle was installed as senior and U21 team manager some years back.
Malachy O’Rourke however does come to the job with the experience of having been manager of Fermanagh from 2008 to 2010 as well as working with a number of clubs in the meantime and his knowledge of the football scene in Monaghan would be detailed.
A former Fermanagh player the Derrylin native later transferred to the Errigal Ciaran club in Tyrone and at this moment in time he is part of the Latton backroom team.
It is understood that Malachy O’Rourke has named Ryan Porter and his long-term associate Leo McBride as his backroom team with McBride most likely being responsible for the physical training and there will be one selector from within Monaghan named at a later stage.
His appointment at this stage gives him the opportunity to run the rule over the club scene with all three …

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