Drumlish native looks ahead to ultra-busy Christmas

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Longford senior football manager Padraic Davis.

The Christmas holiday period may be a time to relax for most, but for one Drumlish man it will be anything but.

Former Fr Manning Gaels footballer Padraic Davis was appointed Longford manager in September, taking over the reins from predecessor Denis Connerton.

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In what could have been levelled the worst kept secret in football, Davis' promulgation to the Pearse Park hotseat was finally confirmed at a county board meeting last week.

And, true to form, the Fr Manning Gaels clubman immediately set his stall out in terms of what players and supporters can expect under his stewardship.

“I am going in there with a 100 per cent open mind,” he said, pausing to reveal he and his new look management team of Paul Barden and Donal Ledwith were already running the rule over the cream of Longford’s footballing talent.

“We are going to every game possible in the county and all three of us have a good knowledge of the local football scene as it is.

“We will be looking for guys who can bring something to the table and everybody will be given a clean slate.”

The mention of adopting what Davis called an “open door” policy to his management style has certainly served him well until now.

After guiding St Vincent's to the Longford minor football championship during his first foray into club management, the well spoken auctioneer was also the manager of the Longford U-21s who reached the 2011 Leinster final.

Davis' managerial stock rose further thanks to a highly memorable spell in charge of Mohill, a stint which coincided in two Senior Championships, two U-21 Championships, and three consecutive leagues titles.

A further factor which made him an attractive proposition for the subcommittee tasked with securing a successor to Denis Connerton was the fact Davis already had an acute knowledge of the Longford set up, courtesy of his involvement as a selector during Glenn Ryan's time at the helm.

And while many will be looking to adopt a more leisurely approach at Christmas, for Davis and his new charges the onset of the O’Byrne Cup means there will be precious little time off for the new Longford supremo and his team over the next couple of weeks.

For more, see this week's Longford Leader.