01 Dec 2021

Longford coming close to appointing a new senior football manager

O’Byrne Cup restored as competitive action starts on January 8

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Former Longford manager Padraic Davis pictured before the 2021 Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath at Páirc Tailteann in Navan on Sunday July 4

As the Longford footballers get ready for the official start of inter-county training on Wednesday December 8, the process of appointing a new senior manager is coming to a close with interviews taking place this weekend.

Among the names believed to be on the shortlist is Pat Flanagan who was previously in charge of Westmeath, Sligo and Offaly and the Clara native is currently the manager of the Roscommon senior club champions Padraig Pearses who were due to take on Galway opponents Mountbellew Moylough in the Connacht semi-final on Sunday next but the game has been postponed due to a Covid outbreak.  

The Longford senior football manager position has been vacant since Padraic Davis quit immediately after the heavy defeat against Meath in the Leinster quarter-final back at the beginning of July.

With James McCartan appointed this week for a second stint in charge of Down, Longford are the only county yet to name a football manager for the new season. 

Longford will apparently be back in competitive action on Saturday January 8 in the restored O’Byrne Cup pre-season competition while their opening game in Division 3 of the 2022 National League is away against Limerick at the end of January.  

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