Connerton, Fox and McCormack the contenders for next Longford manager

PADRAIC O’BRIEN

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PADRAIC O’BRIEN

The Longford senior squad, pictured before the start of the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2A clash against Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis in early July.  Pic: Arthur Ellis.
Denis Connerton (Rathcline), Ciaran Fox (Sean Connolly’s) and Eugene McCormack (Carrickedmond) are the contenders for the next manager of the Longford senior football squad with the names of the nominees announced at a County Board meeting on Tuesday night.

Denis Connerton (Rathcline), Ciaran Fox (Sean Connolly’s) and Eugene McCormack (Carrickedmond) are the contenders for the next manager of the Longford senior football squad with the names of the nominees announced at a County Board meeting on Tuesday night.

The all local line-up for the task of leading Longford into Division 3 of the National League and the Leinster Championship in 2016 will certainly please the supporters but it remains to be seen who will end up succeeding Dubliner Jack Sheedy, who recently stepped down after two years at the helm.

Denis Connerton previously managed the Longford senior side from 2002 to 2004, making significant progress in guiding the county to promotion to Division 1A of the National League and a famous win over Kerry, while Ciaran Fox was in charge of the Longford minors who came through the back door to win the Leinster Championship in 2010 which was a tremendous achievement.

Eugene McCormack was a selector with the Longford minors who reached the Leinster title decider and All-Ireland quarter-final this season. Before that, he was manager of the Longford U-21 squad who made it through to the Leinster final in 2013 after scoring a wonderful win over the reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin at Parnell Park in the opening round.

The interviews to appoint the new Longford senior football manager are expected to start next week.