Co Board lining up Sheedy for a further year as Longford manager

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Jack Sheedy looks set to

Jack Sheedy looks set to

remain on as Longford

manager for another 12 months.

Co Board Chairman Brendan Gilmore confirmed talks had taken place over the past few days aimed at prolonging the Dubliner’s spell in charge.

Rumours and counter rumours have continued to escalate over Sheedy’s fate ever since Longford bowed out of this year’s All-Ireland Championship, courtesy of a crushing 17 point defeat to Tipperary.

There had been speculation that the former Dublin footballer would be replaced by a local coach and someone who was well versed with the club scene within the county.

Now it would appear Longford Co Board chiefs have opted to renew Sheedy’s contract for another year at least and he was in attendance at recent county championship games.

“No definite decision has been made yet, but that’s the plan,” revealed Mr Gilmore.

“We have to go through the usual procedures in bringing it to the executive and then it has to be approved by the Co Board Committee.”

Should both meetings bring about a successful resolution, a formal announcement concerning the Longford manager’s position could be made as early as next week.

Sheedy took over from Kildare’s Glenn Ryan last October, despite not having any inter-county managerial experience.

Longford supporters were hoping for a solid showing at both league and championship level.

But early defeats to Roscommon and then Cavan put paid to any lingering optimism however as Longford endured a tough start to their Division 3 National League campaign.

Wins over Fermanagh and bottom of the table Offaly were not enough as the county slipped back into the bottom tier of senior football following a two point defeat away to Wexford in April.

In spite of the bitter disappointment of dropping down to Division 4, Sheedy and his team of selectors looked to have stemmed the tide when Longford overcame Offaly in the first round of the Leinster Championship.

And even though Longford’s perennial ‘nemesis’ and bogey side Wexford edged past Longford three weeks later in the quarter-final, salvation would come in the most unlikeliest of places.

Derry, considered to be one of the dark horses for an extended championship run, were beaten by a determined and resolute Longford side as Sheedy’s charges achieved a shock 2-16 to 2-14 victory.

That win came in round one of the All-Ireland qualifiers, setting up a meeting with Tipperary in round two, but any hopes supporters may have had of building on that success were comprehensively extinguished following the 17 points humiliating hammering against Tipperary.

Many had predicted that this would spell the end of Sheedy’s work with Longford but it looks likely he will get another crack at the whip for 2015.