At least two of the four Ulster counties which are currently managerless will have new faces at the helm shortly.
While Seamus McEnaney has indicated that he would be willing to continue as Monaghan boss for another year at least — he has been in charge since 2005 — it is understood that Derry hope to name their successor to Damian Cassidy sooner rather than later.
And while Cavan officials are refusing to be drawn on the prospects of former Dublin boss Paul Caffrey taking over from the departed Tommy Carr, there is every indication that the latter’s name will remain in the frame.
McEnaney, who had an informal meeting with Monaghan officials last weekend, is understood to have asked for certain conditions to be fulfilled before he would consider continuing in his role and it is understood that there is agreement in principle on this.
This appears to have paved the way for McEnaney’s re-appointment at next Monday’s board meeting and this would also mean that his coach Paul Grimley, the former Armagh and Kildare No 2, would also continue to be part of his management team as would Tyrone’s Martin McElkennon who has been trainer for the past three years.
McEnaney has confirmed his desire to remain in charge but makes it clear that this will now be a matter for the county board.
“I felt we had our best National League campaign for 20 years this year and although I was bitterly disappointed with our performance in the Ulster final against Tyrone the fact that we reached the decider was indicative of more progress. I feel Monaghan can build on this next year,” says Carrickmacross businessman McEnaney.
And while his appointment is now expected to be rubber-stamped, Derry officials are keen to name their new manager soon.
With chairman John Keenan last night having reiterated the desire to see a man “totally committed to Derry football” taking the reins, an internal appointment looks certain.
John Brennan, manager of the Lavey side that will meet Glen in a senior championship match tonight, is viewed as a frontrunner along with Slaughtneil manager Damien Cassidy whose team face Coleraine in a replay tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, Down’s Ambrose Rogers remains a doubt for the All Ireland football semi-final against Kildare with a knee ligament injury, sustained while assisting Longstone in their Down championship win over Liatroim Fontenoys on Sunday.