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New Oriel boss might be outsider: McManus

Monaghan forward Conor McManus has suggested that the next Oriel manager should possibly be an outside man, but has warned that the role should not be used as a ‘stepping stone’.

Speaking in the wake of manager Eamonn McEneaney’s departure after defeat to Laois in the qualifiers brought their season to an end, McManus admitted there were no obvious candidates.

“None spring to mind,” he said. “I don’t know where it’s going to come from, maybe an outside man could be one for Monaghan.

“I wouldn’t disapprove, but it’s about getting the right man. You don’t want a journeyman just coming in and using it as a stepping stone. There’s a fair few about so if you want an outside man you have to get the right man.”

“You want somebody who is going to come in and put structures in place, to try and get you back to where Monaghan were a year or two ago.”

A matter of weeks ago, Monaghan were rampaging their way to the Ulster final, leading Down in the semi-final by six points at half time. Their collapse, along with the meek surrender to Laois, was enough to prompt McEneaney to stand down and now they face life next season in division three — along with Antrim, Cavan and Fermanagh — and looking for a new manager.

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