Changes at the top in Monaghan

By Shaun Casey

COUNTY champions Ballybay are on the hunt for a new manager as Jerome Johnston and Mark Doran have both stepped away.

Ballybay won their first championship title in ten years under the guidance of Johnston and Doran but lost out to Kilcoo in the Ulster Championship quarter-final.

Doran has linked up with Colm Collins in Clare in a coaching capacity and that will be his main focus next season.

Scotstown have a new manager in place after Colin McAree stepped aside following their final defeat to Ballybay.

Clubman David McCague has been appointed their new boss, with Diarmuid Scullion and Fergus Caulfield making up his backroom team.

John McEntee has taken over the reins at Inniskeen, replacing his former club and county teammate, and new Wicklow manager, Oisin McConville.

The ex-Armagh forward guided Clontibret to a senior title in 2019 and overcame his native Crossmaglen in the first round of the Ulster championship.

He’ll be joined by former Crossmaglen teammate Tony Kernan, who was involved with the Rangers this season, with Donal McArdle and Robbie Ashfield making up the rest of his management team.

Mick O’Dowd will once again be in charge of his home club’s fortunes in Clontibret having took the O’Neill’s to the semi-finals this year.

O’Dowd was part of McEntee’s management team in 2019 and has won championships with Clontibret as both a player and a manager.

Beaten 2021 finalists Truagh are on the hunt for a new manager ahead of the upcoming season as Pascal Canavan has moved on.

The former Tyrone star led Truagh to their first senior showpiece in 20 years but lost out to Scotstown by six points.

Donaghmoyne will have the same management team in place for the upcoming season, with David Lennon remaining in charge.

Similarly, Castleblayney have retained the services of Eamon McEnaney, who took charge midway through this season.

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