FORMER Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney yesterday refused to rule out a sensational return to the helm.
Eight county clubs have backed him for the position he vacated earlier this month after the board opted to seek nominations for the post.
McEnaney said: “I knew I was nominated but I wasn’t aware that eight clubs had put my name forward. Remember I never said I wouldn’t do the job again, I simply said I would not allow myself to be interviewed for it. And that is still my position.
“You’d imagine that any county board committee would know all they need to know about me at this point, I have done the job for six years, they know what there is to know about how I operate and what I can do, what would they need to be interviewing me for?
“As I have said consistently I am not stating I won’t do the job again but as regards being interviewed for it, I don’t see that happening.”
Others nominated by the clubs include McEnaney’s namesake, former Louth boss Eamon, current Monaghan minor manager Bernie Murray and Mick O’Dowd from Clontibret, who guided Cavan Gaels to two SFC titles.
Meanwhile preliminary face-to-face discussions have taken place between the front-runners for the vacant Mayo senior football job and county board chiefs. The first informal ‘chats’ took place Sunday evening when John Maughan, James Horan and Tommy Lyons each met Mayo GAA chairman James Waldron, Sean Feeney (secretary), JP Lambe (treasurer) and Paddy McNicholas (vice-chairman) to outline their plans for the role. The remaining candidates — Denis Kearney, Anthony McGarry and Tommy Carr — will meet the county board sub-committee in the coming days. It is likely the shortlist of six ‘possibles’ will then be trimmed down to ‘probables’ before a selection committee is officially ratified next week to formally interview the main contenders.
Elsewhere it was confirmed last night Liam Horan from Ballinrobe has been asked by Mayo County Board to head up a committee to carry out an action plan for football in the county. The journalist and broadcaster, actively involved with Ballinrobe club where he is a former secretary and county board delegate, has agreed to oversee the plan which will shape Mayo football. Horan hopes to involve 50 to 60 people in the plan, split into eight or nine committees to look at various areas such as coaching. welfare and development.
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