Challenging times ahead

The season is not long over and already there has been plenty of movement on the management merry-go-round ahead of 2011’s campaign, writes Fintan O’Toole.

Justin McNulty, left, who has taken over the Laois footballers, and right, Donal O’Grady, who will lead Limerick’s hurlers next season.

Jim McGuinness takes reins at Donegal.

JAMES HORAN’S appointment in Mayo on Wednesday night ended another county board’s search for a manager for next season and there are only a few roles still to be filled. Below is a county by county guide of the current managerial state of play as arrangements are finalised for the 2011 campaign

CONNACHT

Galway

Football: There are four candidates in the frame to succeed Joe Kernan, with an appointment likely to take place next week. Galway minor boss Gerry Fahy, former Westmeath manager Tomás O Flatharta, Matt Duggan and Peter Warren are the quartet in the running.

Hurling: John McIntyre has been reappointed for another two years, with a review of his tenure after the 2011 season.

Leitrim

Football: Mickey Moran is staying in the hotseat for 2011 but his coaching sidekick John Morrison has withdrawn from the Leitrim setup.

Hurling: Kevin Glancy is likely to be given the green light for a second season in charge.

Mayo

Football: Former Mayo attacker James Horan was confirmed as John O’Mahony’s replacement at a county board meeting on Wednesday night.

Hurling: County board officials are hopeful of appointing a new manager within the next month.

Roscommon

Football: After guiding them to a Connacht title this year, Fergal O’Donnell is to stay with Roscommon for a further two seasons.

Hurling: Former Westmeath manager Seamus Qualter is to stay on for the second of a two-year term.

Sligo

Football: Former Galway midfielder Kevin Walsh has committed to the Yeats County cause for another two years.

Hurling: The position will be finalised in the coming weeks.

MUNSTER

Clare

Football: Michéal McDermott will remain at the Banner helm for the 2011 campaign.

Hurling: Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin is to take charge of the county’s hurlers for a second season.

Cork

Football: All-Ireland winning boss Conor Counihan is mulling over whether to stay on for another term with a decision likely in the next few weeks.

Hurling: Denis Walsh will continue to guide the Rebel fortunes with his current term due to expire at the end of 2011.

Kerry

Football: Jack O’Connor has been reappointed for a new three-year term.

Hurling: Former Wexford boss John Meyler remains in charge after a season of substantial progress for the county’s hurlers.

Limerick

Football: Mayo native Maurice Horan is set to be ratified as Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s successor with former Nemo Rangers manager Ephie Fitzgerald taking over as team coach.

Hurling: 2004 Cork All-Ireland-winning boss Donal O’Grady was last week confirmed as Justin McCarthy’s replacement for an initial 12-month term.

Tipperary

Football: John Evans tenure is set to extend to a fourth season and should be ratified in the next few weeks.

Hurling: All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy looks likely to be ratified to take charge for the 2011 season in the coming weeks.

Waterford

Football: John Owens will take the Déise reins for a second season as they compete in the NFL Division 3 next spring for the first time in the county’s history.

Hurling: Davy Fitzgerald’s appointment for a fourth season was announced at a Waterford county board meeting last Monday night.

LEINSTER

Carlow

Football: Luke Dempsey is expected to stay on with the Barrowsiders for the 2011 season.

Hurling: County board chiefs are hopeful of securing the services of Waterford native Kevin Ryan for another campaign.

Dublin

Football: Pat Gilroy’s term has another season left to run and will conclude at the end of the 2011 season.

Hurling: Anthony Daly’s reappointment as Dublin boss for another two-years was ratified earlier this month.

Kildare

Football: Kieran McGeeney is to remain in charge of the Lilywhites until the end of the 2013 campaign after a new three-year term was approved.

Hurling: The search for Andy Comerford’s successor is ongoing with an appointment hoped for in the coming weeks.

Kilkenny

Football: Dick Mullins and Joe Brennan are in line to remain at the helm for next season.

Hurling: Brian Cody remains hot favourite to stay in charge of the Cats for a 13th season.

Laois

Football: Armagh’s Justin McNulty has taken over from Sean Dempsey with Galway All-Ireland winner Paul Clancy joining as a selector.

Hurling: Kilkenny’s Brendan Fennelly was appointed for a one-year term on Monday night as successor to Niall Rigney.

Longford

Football: Glenn Ryan will remain as Longford senior football boss for the 2011 season, after renewing his term for another year.

Hurling: Tom Lynam is expected to stay on after masterminding last July’s Lory Meagher Cup win.

Louth

Football: Peter Fitzpatrick will remain at the helm of the Wee County footballers for a second season in 2011.

Hurling: Paddy Kelly is handed a tough job here.

Meath

Football: With Eamonn O’Brien’s reign having controversially ended after two years, Meath officials are on the lookout for a new football supremo.

Hurling: The hurling position has yet to be clarified for next year.

Offaly

Football: Tom Cribben is staying on with the Faithful senior footballers for the 2011 campaign.

Hurling: Joe Dooley is still deliberating as to whether he will stay on as manager of the county senior hurlers next season.

Westmeath

Football: Pat Flanagan will commence his first full year in charge in 2011 having only taken over last April instead of Brendan Hackett.

Hurling: Former Offaly All-Ireland winner Kevin Martin has yet to confirm whether he will remain in charge next season.

Wexford

Football: Jason Ryan was ratified by the Wexford county board earlier this month for a fourth year in charge.

Hurling: Tipperary native Colm Bonnar will take the reins of the county hurling side for a third season in 2011.

Wicklow

Football: The legendary figure of 74 year-old Mick O’Dwyer will be at the helm of the Garden County for another season in 2011.

Hurling: Casey O’Brien is to hold on to the position for another campaign.

ULSTER

Antrim

Football: Derry native Liam ‘Baker’ Bradley will guide the Saffron men for a third year.

Hurling: Dinny Cahill will continue to make the long trek from North Tipp to guide Antrim.

Armagh

Football: Former Down All-Ireland winning captain Paddy O’Rourke is getting set for his second season in charge.

Hurling: Michael Johnston is to stay on after steering the county to Nicky Rackard Cup success this year.

Cavan

Football: Val Andrews has returned for his second stint in charge of the Breffni County with Terry Hyland as his sidekick.

Hurling: Outgoing manager Brendan Nelligan has yet to declare his intentions for 2011.

Derry

Football: Lavey native John Brennan was appointed as county boss last week in the wake of Damien Cassidy’s departure.

Hurling: James O’Kane will stay on at the helm of the Oak Leaf hurlers next season.

Donegal

Football: Jimmy McGuinness, who steered the county U21s to this year’s All-Ireland decider, has taken over from John Joe Doherty.

Hurling: Andrew Wallace is expected to stay on for another Lory Meagher Cup campaign.

Down

Football: James McCartan will stay on after a hugely successful debut season where he guided the Mourne men to the All-Ireland decider.

Hurling: Gerard Monan will steer the county’s hurlers against next year.

Fermanagh

Football: Former county minor and U21 boss John O’Neill was appointed on Monday night to replace Malachy O’Rourke.

Hurling: Rory O’Donnell is in pole position to be appointed again.

Monaghan

Football: The controversial end to the Seamus McEnaney era means the Monaghan County Board are currently seeking a new manager for the 2011 season.

Hurling: Frank Brady has reapplied for the job but no decision has yet been made by county board officials.

Tyrone

Football: Mickey Harte, the longest-serving football manager in the country, will be at the helm of Tyrone for a ninth campaign.

Hurling: An announcement is likely in the coming weeks on this position.

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