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Frank Dawson in frame for Down hot seat

By John Campbell

Published 16/09/2015

In the mix: Frank Dawson is on the radar for the Down job
In the mix: Frank Dawson is on the radar for the Down job

The Down Senior Football Championship may have reached the semi-final stage but it is understood that the county board will not be rushed into naming Jim McCorry's successor.

Frank Dawson, the former Antrim boss and the man who has more recently been guiding the fortunes of the Down U21 side, has been taking in a number of senior Championship games and was in the stands at Pairc Esler when Castlewellan beat Warrenpoint and Kilcoo ended Burren's title ambitions on Saturday night.

It is believed that Dawson, who has an intimate knowledge of club football in the county, is very much in the frame for the post while former player Conor Deegan and ex-Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney are also in the running.

Several potential candidates have already ruled themselves out of contention for what is seen as a difficult role given that Down could find life difficult in Division One of the Allianz League before they embark on their bid to land what would be a first Ulster title in 22 years - a famine to which this proud football county is not quite accustomed.

Reigning Down champions Kilcoo, who are seeking what would be their fourth successive title, have been drawn against Mayobridge with Ballyholland and Castlewellan completing the line-up in the last four of the Championship.

With the semi-finals due to be played the weekend after next, it looks increasingly likely that the new manager will be denied the opportunity of seeing a raft of the best players in the county in competitive action.

But while Down officials ponder over the appointment, this does not mean that players are not being put under an 'unofficial' microscope.

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