Eamonn McEnaney is the new Monaghan football team manager, taking over from his namesake Seamus who has been in charge for the past six years.
At last night’s county board meeting McEnaney’s appointment was formally ratified although the vote in his favour was not unanimous.
Nevertheless he is viewed as the man who can take Monaghan forward and build on the fine work that Seamus McEnaney did during his term in charge.
As a player, Eamonn served the county well, contributing handsomely to their 1985 National League title triumph. His creative flair and free-taking were valuable assets during the 80’s and since then he has been involved in club and county team management.
He had been in charge of Louth for three years up until he was succeeded by Peter Fitzpatrick this year and currently he manages Down club Mayobridge who will be meeting Burren in the county championship semi-final in Newry on Saturday.
He is expected to remain with Mayobridge until their county and/or Ulster Club Championship campaigns terminate.
Indeed, following Saturday night’s game he is expected to take in the Clontibret v Magheracloone Monaghan county final in Inniskeen on Sunday – his first important assignment as the new supremo.
With Monaghan having retained their place in Division One of the National League, he can look forward to crossing swords with teams like Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Armagh – and Down, the county with which he is currently associated.
While there is still some disenchantment with the manner in which the Monaghan board conducted the process of choosing their new manager, McEnaney, a Castleblayney school principal, is now the man entrusted with sparking what Farney county followers hope will be the dawn of a new era.