With the current GAA season at inter-county level beginning to reach a conclusion, attention is already turning to next season and in Longford there is sure to be significant interest in a number of inter-county managerial positions that the County Board will hope to fill inside the next couple of weeks.
Two of the positions that will generate most interest will be the roles of Longford Under 17 and Under 20 football managers. The positions are up for grabs after both Frank McNamee and Karl Dermody decided to end their involvement with the Under 21 and Minor football teams. Longford have a very proud tradition in underage football at provincial level over the years and there is expected to be genuine interest from a number of coaches within the county to take over the two aforementioned county teams of the Blue & Gold.
It is looking very likely that there will be a familiar face in charge of the Longford senior Football team for 2018 with Denis Connerton and his backroom team going before the next County Board meeting for ratification to remain at the helm of the Longford flagship side.
Shannonside Sport understands that Connerton and his backroom team have been put forward for ratification after a meeting a County management committee inside the last couple of days.
The former Longford Slahsers manager is in his second spell in charge of the Longford senior football team. After being defeated by Laois in the 2017 Provincial football championship, Longford re-grouped and defeated Louth in the All Ireland Qualifiers in Drogheda.
Longford’s involvement ended in the championship in round two of the qualifiers when they were defeated by Donegal. Longford will operate in Division three in the Allianz Football league next season after a final day draw with Antrim was enough to maintain their status in the third division.
The positions vacant sign is not exclusive to football in the County as Longford are also looking to fill the positions of Under 21 and Senior Hurling Mangers. Ray Gavin had held the position of senior hurling manager after succeeding the current Mayo ladies football manger, Frank Browne in the role back in 2014. Gavin helped Longford to claim the Allianz League Division 3 B title in 2017. The Leinster side were knocked out of the Nicky Rackard cup at the quarter-final stages of the competition by Armagh.