Low early interest in vacant Down job

By Niall McCoy

SHANE Mulholland is the latest man to distance himself from the vacant Down manager’s job.

The current Warrenpoint manager previously put his name forward for the job after the late Eamonn Burns’s left the role on a ticket also containing Steven Poacher, but they lost out to Paddy Tally.

Gaelic Life understands that Mulholland has zero intention of reapplying although the situation, contrary to reports, is less clear for current Roscommon coach Poacher. Given that he has also worked with Carlow, the Newry man has plenty of intercounty experience under the belt.

Armagh native Tony McEntee was also linked heavily with the position in the past but he will be remaining with Sligo in 2021.

Current Down u-20 manager Conor Laverty has also been mentioned in dispatches, but he is just focussing on their upcoming Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh tomorrow night.

Tally, who took over ahead of the 2019 season, was keen for another year after the side maintained their Division Two status, but he told the BBC’s GAA Social podcast that he didn’t feel that he had the entire support of the clubs.

“Everyone has their own way of doing things and you have to respect that,” said the Tyrone man.

“We wanted to stay on for another year and the Executive backed that completely. It then went to the clubs and we won the vote to stay on, but in my eyes it wasn’t strong enough as a majority vote.

“It’s their democratic way of doing it. When you are working in a county, especially when you are from outside that county, you have to respect the people and clubs that are there.”

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