Former Dublin footballer and All-Star Jack Sheedy was confirmed last night as the new manager of the Longford Senior Football team with his appointment for a one year term ratified at a specially-convened County Board meeting in Aras Ui Bhriain, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
Sheedy, whose reign will be reviewed at the end of the 2014 season, will also take charge of the County U-21 squad next year and will be assisted at this level by former Fr. Manning Gaels and Longford footballer Frank McNamee. The other members of Sheedy’s backroom staff have yet to be confirmed.
Dubliner Sheedy replaces Kildare native Glenn Ryan who stepped down as manager in August after five years at the helm. Sheedy has no previous inter-county senior managerial experience, although he was part of the management team for the Dublin Junior squad that won the All-Ireland title in 2008.
But Sheedy has made his mark at club level, guiding Moorefield to glory in the 2010 KIldare Senior Football Championship, and prior to that he managed Offaly outfit Edenderry.
Jack enjoyed considerable success in his playing days with Dublin, winning five Leinster Senior Championship medals as well as two National League titles. He won an All-Star in 1994 as Dublin reached the All-Ireland Final, only to be beaten by Down. Injury prevented him from featuring in Dublin’s All-Ireland Final win over Tyrone the following year.
After many weeks of speculation with another-ex Dublin footballer Paul Curran (Dublin), Rory Gallagher (the former Fermanagh player who assisted Jimmy McGuinness in Donegal’s All-Ireland triumph in 2012), ex-Clare football manager Michael McDermott, ex-Westmeath boss Pat Flanagan and Longford’s own’s Denis Connerton (Rathcline) and Ciaran Fox (Sean Connolly’s) some of the names mentioned in the rumour mill for the vacant county job, that responsibility now rests with Jack Sheedy with the opening National League Division 3 fixture at home to Roscommon on Sunday, February 2nd, while Offaly are the opposition in the first round of the 2014 Leinster Championship.