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Down step up search to replace Jim McCorry

By John Campbell

The Down County Board intends to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of football team boss Jim McCorry as soon as possible.

But it's the Down county bored that could conceivably help to set the pace in terms of throwing open the door to a new era.

Such is the level of disenchantment and disappointment with the manner in which GAA chiefs are conducting some elements of the county's affairs that the groundswell of frustration at grassroots level is set to trigger what is hoped will be a more focussed approach to the appointment of a new manager.

In essence, McCorry had only been in charge for just short of seven months actual playing time - surely one of the shortest managerial tenures in what is admittedly a precarious role at the best of times.

And already it's no surprise that names such as Seamus McEnaney, Tony McEntee and even Peter McGrath, would you believe, have been trotted out as his possible successors.

But there will be no quick-fix - not within a county which McCorry, with justification, claims "looks back at the past all the time".

In that past the boast of doing things 'The Down way' resonated within a county which is still ahead of the field in Ulster in terms of All-Ireland titles - five in all - but which appears to drag its feet when it comes to embracing modern administrative processes and providing strong leadership.

The axing of committed minor team boss Shane Mulholland followed by McCorry's unexpected exit shows Down up in a bad light.

In his brief flirtation with the manager's chair, McCorry steered the side into Division One and if his team's championship itinerary spanning the past few months has been depressing, the view that there is still a raft of talent to be mined within the county still carries considerable currency.

The sooner this task is confronted with energy and vision, the better for all concerned.

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