Managerial vacancies across the country

We take a look at the vacant seats in counties countrywide.

Managerial vacancies across the country

HURLING

Offaly

Tullamore-based Garda Ollie Baker ended his two-year reign as the county’s hurling manager at the end of last month.

The Faithful hurlers put in a spirited showing against Kilkenny in the Leinster quarter-final, before tamely bowing out of the championship at home to Waterford.

Favourite: Danny Owens, guided Kilcormac Killoughey to this year’s All-Ireland club final and is the desired local candidate.

Next step: Clubs are entitled to send forward nominations to the management committee tasked with finding Baker’s replacement. No time frame however, has been put in place to appoint a new manager.

Limerick

Despite guiding the county to a first Munster title in 17 years, John Allen announced on Monday he was calling time on his two-year tenure as Limerick boss.

The Treaty county lost out to Clare in the All-Ireland semi-final, with Allen revealing he never intended on serving a third term.

Favourite: John Kiely, served as selector to Allen.

Dark horses: Liam Sheedy, Ger Cunningham, Nicky English, TJ Ryan and Ciarán Carey.

Next step: A management committee, comprising of secretary Mike O’Riordan, treasurer Donal Morrissey and independent trio Damien Quigley, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Jim Woulfe, have been given the remit to source John Allen’s successor and review the nominations put forward by clubs. The County Board hope to have someone in place by their next meeting on October 8.

Waterford

Appointed as Davy Fitzgerald’s successor in late 2011, player power was the reason behind Michael Ryan’s decision not to seek a third season in charge.

Four weeks after their extra-time defeat to Kilkenny in round three of the qualifiers, the majority of the panel met in the Ramada Hotel where Ryan’s position was discussed and voted on, with approximately 20 of 28 players understood to have voted against the Ballymacarbry man.

Since his departure, Ryan said he would retake the position if offered the job again.

Favourite: Derek McGrath, led his native De La Salle to their third county title last year.

Dark horses: Peter Queally, Donal Óg Cusack, Ken McGrath and Sean Power.

Next step: The executive committee will convene prior to Monday’s County Board meeting to devise a mechanism to progress the matter of appointing a new manager. Nominations have not yet been opened to clubs.

FOOTBALL

Cork

The five-point defeat to Dublin in last month’s All-Ireland quarter-final signalled the end for Conor Counihan.

During his six years in charge, Counihan enjoyed three successive league title triumphs, three Munster crowns, annexing Sam Maguire in 2010.

Favourite: Outgoing selector Brian Cuthbert.

Dark horses: Outgoing U21 boss John Cleary, former Cork minor manager and Limerick coach Ephie Fitzgerald and All-Ireland winning midfielder Danny Culloty.

Next step: A committee will be established next Tuesday night, tasked with finding his successor. Clubs will have an input as to who sits on the management committee, but nominations will not be opened to clubs.

Clare

Mick O’Dwyer informed the Clare County Board in the wake of the county’s exit from the All-Ireland championship in early July that he would not be staying on as football boss. The Banner finished mid-table in Division 4, losing out to Cork in their sole provincial outing before Laois brought the curtain down on their interest in the championship.

Favourite: Cratloe’s Colm Collins, father of Clare hurler Podge, and former County U21 boss, is the front-runner.

Dark horses: Outgoing selectors Ger Keane and Michael Neylon had been tipped to fill the vacant position as joint-managers, but Collins has since emerged as the outstanding favourite.

Next step: Nominations from the respective clubs have been closed. The Irish Examiner understand that a handful of people considered for the position have met with the County Board. A new manager could be in place by the end of this month.

Fermanagh

In the aftermath of their championship exit to Cavan, falling to the Breffni men for a second successive campaign, Peter Canavan announced he would not be standing for reappointment to the role of senior football manager. The All-Ireland winning forward spent just two years in charge of his neighbouring county.

Favourite: Kevin McStay

Dark horses: Former Antrim selector Gearóid Adams.

Next step: No sub-committee has been yet been put in place to find a new manager.

Kildare

Kieran McGeeney was removed after club delegates voted against him remaining in the job for a seventh year.

McGeeney’s future was discussed at a County Board executive on Tuesday week last but a proposal that he remain for one more year was defeated by 29 votes to 28.

A number of the panel have since come out in support of McGeeney’s reinstatement.

McGeeney took charge of the Lilywhites at the end of the 2007 season, guiding the county to the All-Ireland quarter-finals on five occasions and to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2010.

This year, their championship came to an end in the qualifiers when they were beaten by Tyrone following a heavy loss to Dublin in Leinster.

Favourite: Glenn Ryan is being tipped to take the reigns in his native county.

Dark horses: Kevin McStay has been linked with the job. Kerry’s Jack O’Connor has been mentioned, as has former Laois boss Justin McNulty and outgoing selector Jason Ryan.

Next step: Last Wednesday week, chairman John McMahon received the green light from the County Board to set-up a management committee, the only step taken thus far in replacing McGeeney.

Laois

Following defeat to Donegal in the fourth round of the qualifiers, manager Justin McNulty opted against seeking an extension on his original three-year term.

The O’Moore County reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 championship, the high-point of McNulty’s tenure, earning promotion from Division 2 of the league the year previous.

Favourite:Tommy Conroy. He managed Portlaoise to County and Leinster success in 2004, before falling short to Ballina Stephenites in the All-Ireland final.

Dark horses:Glenn Ryan, Joe Higgins and former Laois U21 boss Pat Roe.

Next step: Nominations are still open to the clubs until the end of this week and the management committee will then begin the process of reviewing the names put forth.

Longford

Glenn Ryan stepped down as manager in the wake of the counties extra-time qualifier defeat to Wexford. It followed a hugely deflating loss away to Wicklow in Leinster.

During his five year tenure, Ryan guided the county to successive league titles (Division 4 in 2011, followed by Division 3 a year later).

Favourite: Rathcline native Denis Connerton heads the pack, having been at the helm at Longford Slashers when the club won back-to-back county titles in 2010 and 2011.

Dark horses: Pat Flanagan, outgoing selector Padraig Davis, and Ciarán Fox, who guided the county minor team to Leinster glory in 2010.

Next step: Longford County Board secretary Peter O’Reilly revealed the executive committee are in the middle of the process to replace Ryan. The nomination process for the senior position has been closed and the management committee are currently reviewing those recommendations.

Limerick

Maurice Horan stepped down in July as senior football manager after three years at the helm of the Treaty County.

Limerick were beaten by Longford in the qualifiers by 11-points, having lost heavily to Cork in Munster. Horan helped Limerick to promotion from Division four this year and in 2011, guided the team to a first ever All-Ireland quarter-final appearance.

Favourite: Tom McGlinchey, Ned English and Barry Donnelly are the three men left in the hunt.

Next Step: The aforementioned trio were nominated by the clubs and subsequently called for interview where they presented their potential back room teams to the sub-committee of Sean McAuliffe, John Galvin and Jim Barry.

It is hoped that a new manager will be in place by the October meeting of the Limerick County Board.

Sligo

Kevin Walsh resigned in the wake of his side’s championship exit against Derry, capping of a miserable campaign after they lost to London in the Connacht championship.

Favourite: Sligo IT boss Michael Moyles.

Dark horses: Former manager Tommy Breheny, who guided the Yeats county to provincial glory in 2007, Roscommon’s All-Ireland winning minor manager Fergal O’Donnell and outgoing U21 boss Anthony Brennan.

Next step: The first move to replace Walsh will not be taken until October’s meeting of the Sligo County Board. No committee has been established, nor have has recommendations been opened to the clubs.

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