By Mark McGoldrick
TWO weeks on from the news broke that Rory Gallagher had resigned from his position as county manager a successor has yet to be appointed.
According to bookmakers the hot favourite to succeed Gallagher is former Tyrone star Ryan McMenamin who has been on the outgoing Fermanagh management team.
Other GAA figures who have ruled themselves out are former county manager and current coach of St Michael’s All-Ireland Hogan Cup winners, and Omagh CBS and former Brookeborough stalwart Kieran Donnelly.
According to Lawrence Lyons, a spokesman at Boylesport, there are a lot of shock candidates who could throw there name into the hat to become Gallagher’s successor.
And among the ‘curve-ball candidates’ are:
Tony McEntee (10/1)
Surprisingly enough, Armagh All-Ireland winner McEntee has been mentioned after helping Meath make it into the Super 8’s with an exciting brand of football.
Oisin McConville (14/1)
BoyleSport have the Armagh man high up the pecking order just behind the front runners. The Crossmaglen star has a reputation for being one of the finest forwards of the modern era and has been involved with management in his home club.
Steven Poacher (14/1)
The Down man is the current Carlow Senior Manager and has been praised by many for his work with the Leinster side. Has been linked to jobs in Ulster in the past and could fancy a job a little closer to home.
Brian Dooher (25/1)
The former Tyrone All – Ireland winning captain has made his step up to county management already when he won All-Ireland u20 success with Tyrone in a trio of managers along with Peter Canavan and Fergal Logan.
Mickey Harte (50/1)
At face value the most unlikely of candidates, the Ballygawley man and clubmate of Malachy O’Rourke has come under increased pressure to stand down after Tyrone’s abject second half collapse to Kerry in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final.
Posted: 7:56 pm August 18, 2019