McManus expecting strong appointment

August 02, 2019

Monaghan's Conor McManus. ©INPHO/John McVitty.

Conor McManus is confident Monaghan County Board will find a strong successor to Malachy O’Rourke.

The Fermanagh man departed the Farney County helm this summer after seven years in charge, having led Monaghan to two Ulster titles and established them as a Division One force. His boots will be difficult to fill.

“All we can do is let the powers that be decide who that’s going to be. Hopefully they’ll make a good, strong decision — which I’m sure they will,” McManus is quoted in The Irish Sun. “It’s hard to know. It’s just about whoever is the best candidate for the job. That’s ultimately where you want it to go. Despite it being a poor year, I still feel there’s a strong panel there.

“It’s not as if a manager is coming up needing to build the thing up or having to try to drag us out of Division 2 or 3 or whatever. We’re in Division 1, which is ultimately where you want to be. So you’re starting on a strong footing and it’s about just getting the thing together again.

“I suppose there’s probably room for a strong pre-season given the fact that we’ve been out of the championship so early. So you could maybe hit the ground running next year and try to target a decent league. Who the new manager is going to be, I don’t know. There are names floating about. We can only move on and see where the next man takes the thing.”

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