GAA Football

'No better man' for Fermanagh job than ex-Tyrone star Ryan McMenamin

Ryan McMenamin is tipped to take over the reigns from Rory Gallagher
Diarmuid Pepper

RYAN McMenamin is thought to have established himself as the front runner for the vacant Fermanagh job.

Back in 2017, ‘Ricey’ was a somewhat surprising addition to Rory Gallagher’s backroom team.

However, McMenamin is said to have the backing of a number of players and is thought to be interested in the position.

Dom Corrigan and Kieran Donnelly have already ruled themselves out of the running.

Corrigan previously managed Fermanagh, but the St Michael’s College teacher said his focus was on colleges football and that it would be impossible for him to “do the two jobs simultaneously”.

Meanwhile, Donnelly said he would “love to aspire to be Fermanagh boss in years to come” but cited family commitments and his involvement with Monaghan club Scotstown as reasons to take himself out of contention.

However, Martin Greene has emerged as an outside candidate.

Green won three senior championships with Derrygonnelly and is currently managing Aghayarn in Tyrone.

Paul McIver has also been rumoured to be a possibility. However, the ex-Kilcoo boss was quick to dismiss those claims and told the Irish News that he hasn’t been in contact with Fermanagh.

McIver offered his support to McMenamin, saying: “Ricey has been there and done it at the top level. When I was manager of Dromore, he was captain and I have to say there is no better man.

“If he got the job Fermanagh would be in a great place. He would do everything that is needed to get Fermanagh to where they need to be.”

Nominations from Fermanagh clubs close next Sunday and the selection panel includes the county chairman, secretary, treasurer and former county player Tom Brewster.

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