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Monaghan hunting for new boss after Seamus McEnaney exit

By Micheal McGeary

Monaghan are on the look-out for a new manager after Seamus McEnaney’s decision to step aside.

The popular Monaghan businessman was far from happy at being asked to re-apply for a job he had held for six years.

Despite failing to win an Ulster championship, there is no doubt McEnaney led the county out of the doldrums to within touching distance of provincial glory.

During his six-year tenure he guided the county to promotion to Division Two of the National League and promotion to Division One.

There was a feeling initially that the job was his for as long as he wanted. But then a decision was taken to allow names to go forward suggesting his position was no longer secure.

This prompted McEnaney to issue a statement saying he would take some time to ponder on the Monaghan county board’s decision to open the manager’s position for 2011 to nominations.

The full Monaghan squad then came out offering him their full backing. But after much consideration the outgoing manager confirmed that he wouldn’t be allowing his name to be submitted as a nominee for the manager’s position.

“I believe it’s in the best interests of Monaghan football and indeed every decision I’ve ever made as Monaghan manager has been guided by that principle,” he said.

It now remains to be seen if Paul Grimley and Martin McElkennon still have a role to play.

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