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Curran fuming at Monaghan mess

By John Campbell

Monaghan chairman Paul Curran has appealed for a greater sense of unity within the county following the acrimony which to date has accompanied the search for a new football team manager.

At last night’s board meeting in Tyholland, Curran made it clear that decisions taken recently were “for the good of Monaghan football” but there is still an undercurrent of dissatisfaction at the manner in which the appointment process has been conducted.

It was initially thought that Seamus McEnaney, who has been in charge for the past six years, would be re-appointed when he allowed his name to go forward at a previous meeting but on that occasion club delegates voted in favour of seeking nominations for the post.

McEnaney subsequently issued a statement in which he indicated that, this being the case, he would not seek to have his name put forward thus paving the way for clubs to nominate their own candidates.

Now it would appear that three nominees are in the frame —Eamon McEnaney, Mick O’Dowd and Bernie Murray — but there were indications last night that Seamus McEnaney may yet confirm his desire to seek another spell in charge of the county team which he has taken into Division One of the National League and brought to the closing stages on the All Ireland Championship in two successive years recently.

Chairman Curran has been finding himself under fire recently, particularly from Paul Grimley, who has been No 2 to McEnaney this year, because of his perceived backtracking on having the Corduff man endorsed again.

But with the Croke Park authorities closely monitoring the procedures now in place for the appointment of all county managers, the Monaghan board must set up a special sub-committee to confirm that the nominees are willing to take on the job if appointed and initiate an interviewing process.

Eamon McEnaney is a former Monaghan player who has acquired considerable managerial experience at club level and also managed Louth prior to the present incumbent Peter Fitzpatrick taking over the reins.

McEnaney, who shared in National League success with Monaghan in the mid-80s, is currently in charge of leading Down side Mayobridge.

Mick O’Dowd formerly managed the Monaghan hurling team but has also been active as a club football manager while Bernie Murray only recently stepped down as manager of the Monaghan minor football team.

High profile personalities such as ex-Armagh and Galway boss Joe Kernan had been linked with the post.

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