Séamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney has returned to his native Monaghan for a second stint as Farney boss after being ratified at a County Committee meeting on Monday.
McEnaney was in the role between 2004 to 2010 when he led the county to two All-Ireland quarter-finals. He returns for his second stint as manager following the departure of Malachy O’Rourke who stepped down after a disappointing 2019 season.
O’Rourke won two Ulster titles with the Farney County and led them to last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, however, the county had underperformed in three consecutive Ulster campaigns before being unceremoniously dumped out of the Championship by Armagh in the second round of the qualifiers earlier this summer.
‘Banty’ has taken over and he brings in an impressive backroom team with him in the form of Peter Donnelly, who recently left the Tyrone set-up to take up a role within the Ulster Rugby Academy, former Down footballer Conor Laverty, David McCague and Ray Boyne.
The strength of McEnaney’s backroom team is reportedly what led him to beat out former Armagh player and Mayo assistant Tony McEntee to the role.
Other parties interested in the role included former Tyrone midfielder and Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan.
“It is an honour and a privilege to get the opportunity to manage this group of Monaghan players,” McEnaney said in a statement.
“The management team and I are relishing the challenge of building on the previous great work of Malachy O’Rourke and ensure that Monaghan continues to compete at the highest level.”