Longford on the look-out for a new manager as Denis Connerton steps down


Longford Senior Footballers are looking for a new manager following Denis Connerton’s decision to step down.

Connerton took over his native county in late 2015. It was his second stint in charge of the Midlanders having previously been in charge from 2002 to 2004. During his tenure then he saw Longford promoted to Division 1 and then saw them record a famous win over Kerry at home in the top division.

In his second spell at the helm Longford had a famous win over Monaghan in Clones in the All-Ireland qualifiers in 2016, having defeated Down in Newry in the previous round.

This year Longford were unfortunate not to get promoted to Division 2. Having never seen his side win a Leinster Championship game Connerton got that monkey off his back in May this year when Longford defeated Meath in the Leinster quarter-finals.

They were beaten by Dublin in the semi-finals. Connerton’s last game in charge was against Kildare in the All-Ireland qualifiers; Longford were unlucky to lose to the Lilywhites in that game.

Connerton informed the Longford Leader of his decision this evening. His backroom team of Ciaran Fox and Enda Macken are also stepping down too.

Longford have a talented pool of players and no doubt many names will be linked to the job. Former Longford player Padraic Davis who enjoyed success with Leitrim side Mohill and former Cavan star Mickey Graham, who is currently the manager of Longford club St. Columba’s, Mullinaglaghta are two names already in the frame at this early stage.