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Down and Cavan set to unveil new managers


By John Campbell

The appointment of new county football team managers is suddenly akin to waiting for a bus - nothing appears for a period and then two come along at once.

Right now Down and Cavan are believed to be ready to apply the finishing touches to the process of finding successors for Eamonn Burns and Mattie McGleenan respectively.

It has emerged that the Mourne county is preparing to appoint an 'outside' boss and if this is the case then Paddy Tally and Tony McEntee would be very much in the frame.

Tally is part of Kevin Walsh's management backroom team in Galway right now and played a big part in helping to bring the side into the All-Ireland semi-finals in which they lost to Dublin on Saturday.

McEntee has just severed his connection with Mayo where he was coach/selector under Stephen Rochford who has confirmed that he will continue as manager but with a new backroom team.

In contrast, Cavan are understood to be focused on making an appointment from within the county although Denis Connerton, who stood down as Longford boss just a few weeks ago, is being mentioned as a possible candidate.

Cavan would certainly appear to be adhering to their time line, not something that is the preserve of most counties.

Following the resignation of McGleenan, Cavan chairman Gerry Brady immediately set the wheels in motion for sourcing a successor and even then it was indicated that the county intended to unveil their new boss on August 20.

True to form, Cavan appear to be on schedule with the name of the new incumbent expected to be ratified at a county board meeting on Monday.

The four home-grown candidates thought to be in line to succeed McGleenan are Jason O'Reilly, Finbar O'Reilly, Mickey Graham and Peter Reilly all of whom are former county team players and all have amassed coaching experience at different levels.

Cavan will play in Division One next season after McGleenan plotted their course there and it is hoped that several players who were conspicuous by their absence from the squad recently will return to action under the new boss.

The Breffni county, however, disappointed in the Ulster Championship and after losing their preliminary round tie to eventual champions Donegal, they bowed out of the All-Ireland qualifiers to Tyrone who have since reached the All-Ireland final in which they meet Dublin on September 2.

Meanwhile, Kerry have commenced the process of finding a replacement for Eamonn Fitzmaurice as senior football manager.

A four-strong selection committee comprising chairman Tim Murphy, secretary Peter Twiss, development officer Eamonn Whelan and coaching officer Terence Houlihan has been tasked with compiling a list of candidates for the post.

The names of Jack O'Connor, Peter Keane, Pat O'Shea and Diarmuid Murphy continue to be linked with the vacancy which officials hope to have filled by October 8.

All four bring different levels of experience into play with O'Connor the frontrunner given that he has already served two terms as Kerry manager.

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