McEnaney ten­ders res­ig­na­tion af­ter one year at helm

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG

SEA­MUS McENANEY has stepped down af­ter just one year as Wex­ford Se­nior foot­ball man­ager.

Hav­ing taken over the role from David Power last Novem­ber, McEnaney set about re­build­ing the squad by in­tro­duc­ing a num­ber of new play­ers, cul­mi­nat­ing in the win­ning of pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion 4 af­ter just five games.

But there­after the sea­son fell flat, los­ing out heav­ily to West­meath and Car­low, while also go­ing down heav­ily in the Di­vi­sion 4 league fi­nal to the mid­lan­deers.

It was in the cham­pi­onship that Wex­ford’s sea­son re­ally dis­man­tled though, sur­pris­ingly los­ing their open­ing round game to Car­low. While they res­ur­rected their cam­paign with a qual­i­fier vic­tory over Lim­er­ick, their sea­son ended on a sour note with a heavy de­feat to his na­tive Mon­aghan.

It was fol­low­ing that fi­nal game that ‘Banty’ gave first in­di­ca­tions of his fu­ture in­ten­tions, ask­ing for time, but cit­ing the travel as a huge bur­den which he felt was un­sus­tain­able.

And last Wed­nes­day, McEnaney is­sued a state­ment an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion from the po­si­tion of Se­nior foot­ball man­ager.

‘Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, my man­age­ment team and I are step­ping down from Wex­ford se­nior foot­ball with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,’ it said.

‘The travel to and from Wex­ford be­ing un­sus­tain­able, be­ing the pri­mary rea­son for step­ping down.’

He went on to thank Wex­ford County Board for their help and sup­port dur­ing his pe­riod as man­ager, and ev­ery­one who contributed to the Wex­ford foot­ball set-up, mak­ing it a most en­joy­able jour­ney.

He also thanked his back­room team which he de­scribed as be­ing of tremen­dous sup­port. He said David Mur­phy as se­lec­tor was fan­tas­tic to work with, and also thanked team trainer Martin McElken­non for his com­mit­ment, Gerry Nolan the team physio, and the team’s kit­men, David Mur­phy Snr. and Lee Dev­ereux.

Lastly, he thanked what he de­scribed as a fan­tas­tic group of play­ers that showed huge com­mit­ment, a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and dis­played tremen­dous loy­alty and re­spect, which made his de­ci­sion to step down a dif­fi­cult one.

Mean­while, Wex­ford of­fi­cials are con­tin­u­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with Se­nior hurl­ing man­ager, Davy Fitzger­ald.

Both par­ties have re­mained silent since the All-Ire­land quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat to Water­ford, but de­spite spec­u­la­tion be­ing rife, there’s still lit­tle of a pos­i­tive na­ture as to Fitzger­ald’s fu­ture if any with the county.

How­ever, County De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Cathal Byrne, did throw some light on the mat­ter when speak­ing on the Ferns Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence de­vel­op­ment last week.

He stated ‘ ne­go­ti­a­tions with Davy (Fitzger­ald) are on­go­ing’, but re­fused to spec­u­late any fur­ther on the mat­ter.

Sea­mus McEnaney has left his post asWex­ford Se­nior foot­ball man­ager af­ter one year.

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