Friday 15 December 2017

McEneaney returns to take over Monaghan

FORMER Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney is the new boss of Monaghan after he was ratified by the Farney county board last night.

McEneaney had a previous spell in charge of his native county during the 1990s when he was co-manager alongside ex-GAA president Seán McCague.

More recently, he managed Louth for four years between 2006 and 2009, capturing O'Byrne and Tommy Murphy Cup honours during that spell.

After a poor showing by his Wee County charges in both league and championship last year, he was replaced by Peter Fitzpatrick.

His appointment bookends an embarrassing chapter for the Monaghan county board, who were forced to search for a candidate to replace Seamus McEnaney after club delegates voted against their recommendation to install 'Banty' for a further term.

The county's management committee had been in favour of granting McEnaney a further three years in the post, despite Monaghan's disappointing performances in this year's Ulster final and subsequent qualifier defeat by Kildare.

The clubs rejected the proposal and the board was then forced to look elsewhere for a manager after McEnaney withdrew from the race completely.

Despite player pleas to both the board and McEnaney, no solution could be reached and once the search began for a successor, McEneaney was considered the obvious choice.

ANTHONY Tohill will finalise his International Rules panel this weekend after one final trial but may yet be without Player of the Year-elect Bernard Brogan.

Brogan's St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh face St Brigid's in the Evening Herald Dublin SFC semi-final and, should they win, the final is scheduled to be held on the same weekend as the first test in Limerick on October 23.

"We have to beat Brigid's first and it would be a nice predicament to be in, but it would be something you'd have to make a decision on," said Brogan.

"I missed out two years ago with the club championship final and I don't want to miss out again."

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