Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Embattled Antrim no nearer to naming new boss

Names of prospective successors to former football boss Frank Dawson are being bandied about like confetti, but when the Antrim Executive meets on Monday night it may well be confronted by a blank sheet of paper.

The process of unearthing someone to take over the Fermanagh reins, though, appears to be at a more advanced stage.

Former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney is regarded as being in pole position to take on the job while Gerry P Mone is also understood to be in the frame with former boss John McElroy as part of his backroom team.

The wheels of progress traditionally turn slowly within the GAA, but Antrim chairman Jim Murray is keen to ensure that the grass is not allowed to grow under the executive's feet as resentment still festers following Dawson's abrupt departure.

"We would hope to be speaking to a few prospective candidates for the manager's post after our executive meeting on Monday night," reveals Murray. "There is currently a lot of speculation doing the rounds but the fact of the matter is that we have no definite candidates for the position"

Murray is particularly keen to ensure that "all possible steps" will be taken to facilitate the new incumbent in the task of taking Antrim out of Division Four of the Allianz League.

"We are in a place that we never thought we would be in," admits Murray.

"It's important that we get out of this division as soon as possible. That is our priority and we would hope to come up with someone who is capable of overseeing this and maybe taking us on to championship progress. We will take all possible steps to achieve this."

While former boss Dawson settles into his new role as Bryansford club manager, Murray is hoping that a line in the sand can now be drawn.

"We have to move forward. The good of Antrim football is paramount and obviously we are keen to see a new manager installed," adds Murray.

Seamus McEnaney, having spent six years in charge of Monaghan, is ready to dip his toe into the management waters once again with Fermanagh.

It is believed that he will take his tried and trusted cohort Martin McElkennon with him.

Gerry P Mone is also thought to be in the reckoning.

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