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Cavan hotseat favourite McGleenan still has a job to finish

By John Campbell

Published 08/10/2016

Impact: Mattie McGleenan is hotly tipped to be Cavan manager
Impact: Mattie McGleenan is hotly tipped to be Cavan manager

Former Monaghan and Meath manager Seamus McEnaney is expected to be named as the new Cavan football boss over the course of the next 48 hours.

McEnaney will succeed Terry Hyland who spent four years at the Breffni helm before rather surprisingly standing down following the termination of his team's interest in the All-Ireland championship this year.

Hyland took Cavan into Division One of the Allianz League earlier this year and followed this up by plotting his team's path into the semi-finals of the Ulster championship where they were beaten by Donegal following a replay. It was after taking soundings from players that Hyland called time on his tenure and now McEnaney is to be entrusted with the task of taking the Breffni side to greater things.

They last won the Ulster title in 1997 and have flirted with championship success but have lived largely in the shadow of Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan.

McEnaney, passionately committed and a zealous motivator, now hopes to achieve what he failed to with his native Monaghan and that is plot Ulster title success. He was in charge of Monaghan from 2004 until 2010, stepping down in the aftermath of the 2010 championship when the Monaghan county board decided to undertake a selection process for a manager rather than re-appoint McEnaney.

After parting company with Monaghan, McEnaney took on the new role of manager of Meath.

But he was to fare no better than he did with Monaghan. He oversaw operations in the Royal County from 2010 until 2012 before being succeeded by Mick O'Dowd. Last year McEnaney also found himself in the frame for the position of Derry boss after Brian McIver stepped down following an All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Galway. At that time, McEnaney articulated his views on the necessary landscape that might attract him to any inter-county post.

"A lot of boxes need to be ticked for me to be interested in an inter-county job. The quality of players needs to be available and every single player must be committed to representing the county. The facilities also need to be available," said McEnaney.

Cavan, it would seem, tick those boxes - and perhaps more.

Meanwhile, the race to find a successor to Ulster Council secretary Danny Murphy is hotting up.

Eugene Young, Stephen McGeehan and Brian McAvoy are among those thought to be in the frame for what is one of the most high-profile GAA jobs in the country.

Long-serving secretary and director Murphy indicated some time ago that he will be standing down on February 1 and the Council has lost no time in conducting a trawl for his successor.

Young and McGeehan are currently employed by the Ulster Council while civil servant McAvoy has held a variety of positions in his native Down and is regarded as an able administrator. The Ulster Council would like to see the new incumbent in situ by the end of the month.

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