McMenamin in Fermanagh mix as trio ramp up their boss hunt
The three managerless Ulster counties have stepped up their efforts to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of Damian McErlain (Derry), Rory Gallagher (Fermanagh) and Malachy O'Rourke (Monaghan).
It is understood that Derry will name McErlain's successor before the end of the month, while Ryan McMenamin, who was No.2 to Gallagher before the latter stepped down in Fermanagh, has inched closer to taking over the hotseat now that Dominic Corrigan and Kieran Donnelly have moved out of the reckoning.
Corrigan has cited his involvement with St Michael's College, Enniskillen as his primary reason for ruling out the possibility of a return to inter-county management, while Donnelly is believed to have mentioned family commitments - his wife is expecting the couple's fourth child - as one of the reasons for declining to be a candidate.
McMenamin, a triple All-Ireland winner with Tyrone, made an impact as understudy to Gallagher and is understood to have formed a close alignment with the players.
But whoever takes over in Fermanagh may be initially confronted by injury woes as a handful of players who were in the squad are currently out of action, among them Roslea's James McMahon who has damaged his cruciate ligament.
While several names have been linked to the Monaghan post, it is believed that both Tony McEntee and Matthew McGleenan are frontline candidates.
McEntee, an All-Ireland winner with Armagh in 2002 who has family links to Monaghan, was No.2 to ex-Mayo manager Stephen Rochford before the latter joined the Donegal set-up.
McGleenan, a teacher in Armagh, called time on his stint as Cavan manager last year and was replaced by Mickey Graham, an ex-player with the county, who had just taken Mullinalaghta to three successive Longford Senior Championship titles as well as a Leinster title.