There was a surprising development at last night’s Monaghan county board meeting when club delegates voted that nominations should be sought for the post of county football team manager instead of ratifying the appointment of Seamus McEnaney for another term as had been expected.
A number of delegates voiced the view that nominations from clubs would indicate the level of interest in the position thus leaving McEnaney in an invidious position. He has been in charge for the past six years and last night’s meeting hinted broadly that a change is imminent even though McEnaney had indicated his intention to continue in his role — but without the nominations process having to be invoked.
McEnaney had deferred a decision on his future until he had held a meeting with county board officials at which it is understood he sought certain assurances in relation to his role.
Even though Monaghan failed to land an Ulster title under McEnaney, the feeling within the county was that he had helped to give the side fresh status but it quickly became clear last night that there is disenchantment with his track record.
In contrast, former Armagh defender Justin McNulty will now get his first taste of county team management with Laois having previously gained experience at club level with Mullahoran (Cavan) and St Brigid’s (Dublin).
He has been part of Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke’s backroom team this year in tandem with Donal Murtagh and Mike McGurn.
Galway football's hunt for a successor to Joe Kernan suffered a blow after Sligo secured Kevin Walsh as the county's football manager for a further two years.
Galway native Walsh was one of the favourites to take over the Tribesmen position after a hugely successful first two years in inter-county management during which he helped Sligo to successive league promotions and also came within a whisker of scalping Kerry in 2009.