2 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A week may be a long time in politics but two years, it seems, as an
intercounty manager can be an eternity. by KEVIN CARNEY
To the surprise of many in the Monaghan GAA family, outgoing county minor football team-manager Colin McAree has decided not to seek a nomination to remain in the hot seat for a third year.
The Monaghan Harps clubman succeeded Bernie Murray as minor manager at the tail end of 2010, taking up the position for a two year term initially and with the understanding that a review after the second year would take place.
That review took place a couple of weeks ago. “It’s not a decision I took lightly,” McAree told the Northern Standard this week. “I have thought about it for the last couple of months and in the last fortnight I met to discuss the situation with officials of the county board.
“It was a good, positive meeting – my first and only meeting since the (Ulster championship) – with the Chairman (Paul Curran) and the Secretary (Sean McKenna) and I can only say good things about the relationship I had with the and their fellow officers.
“The county board did everything they could for us over the last couple of years and helped greatly in helping us overcome the various logistical challenges that presented themselves to us.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as the minor manager and I have the height of
respect for all the players.
The reality is that the time had come to make a hard decision and although it was a desperately difficult decision, I think I’ve made the right decision for everyone’s sake.”
Almost every team-manager – at all grades – cites time restraints as one of the reasons for their stepping down or …

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