by Padraic O’Brien
The search starts for the new Longford senior football team manager following Glenn Ryan’s departure with a Longford native likely to get the job. Among the leading contenders will be Carrickedmond clubman Eugene McCormack, who guided the Longford U-21s and Junior footballers to Leinster Final appearances this year with both sides beaten by Kildare.
Also expected to be in the frame are former county senior boss Denis Connerton (Rathcline), currently in his fourth year as the Longford Slashers supremo, while another name being mentioned is the present Dromard manager Ciaran Fox (Sean Connolly’s) who guided the Longford minors to Leinster Championship glory in 2010.
Former Kildare star Glenn Ryan decided to step down after five seasons in charge of the Longford senior squad. Ryan guided Longford to the National League Division 4 title in 2011 and the National League Division 3 title in 2012.
However, things went badly wrong for the county this year when they were relegated from Division 2 of the National League after losing all seven games and the subsequent surprise defeat against Wicklow in the first round of the Leinster Championship in Aughrim was a bad blow for the Glenn Ryan regime.
Under Ryan’s five year reign Longford only managed one win in the Leinster Senior Football Championship and that was the Round 1 clash against Laois at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in May 2012.
The highlight of his eventful time in charge of the county team was the great win over Mayo in Round 1 of the 2010 All-Ireland Qualifiers at Pearse Park. Glenn’s last match in charge ended in defeat by Wexford after extra-time in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers last month with the general opinion at the time suggesting that his reign had come to an end and so it proved.