Former county player Vinnie Corey is the new manager of the Monaghan football team.
orey succeeds Seamus McEnaney, who stepped down from the post following the Oriel county’s exit from the All-Ireland championship earlier this year.
Corey is a widely-respected coaching authority and will bring considerable experience to the table in his new role.
Like recent Down appointee Conor Laverty, Corey continues to line out for his club Clontibret and will now play with — and indeed and face some — of those he will be managing when they play their county semi-final shortly.
Corey has been appointed on a three-year term and his backroom team will include his brother Martin, Dermot McArdle and Gabriel Bannigan.
But there will be further additions as Corey sets out to revitalize Monaghan’s fortunes.
The team just managed to retain their place in Division One of the Allianz League before a disappointing championship campaign saw McEnaney take the exit door and bring the curtain down on his second term in charge.
Corey, who retired from inter-county football in 2019 having collected two Ulster championship medals when current Glen boss Malachy O’Rourke was in charge, has already pledged himself to try and improve Monaghan’s status.
Serious concerns have been expressed lately surrounding the length of time it had been taking to make a managerial appointment.
But the fact that Monaghan have largely struggled to live with the more elite sides over the past few years is seen as having persuaded potential managerial candidates against throwing their hat into the ring.
Indeed, the team’s exit to Donegal in this year’s Ulster Championship (3-12 to 0-17) was a particularly bitter pill for their avid followers to have to swallow.
Corey’s appointment means that Donegal is now the only Ulster county which is without a manager.
And there would appear to be rumblings within the county in relation to the veil of secrecy that has cloaked developments, such as they are to date, in terms of appointing a successor to Declan Bonner.
Some three months have elapsed since Bonner called time on his role and, on the surface at least, it would appear that little progress has been made in unveiling his successor.
For Monaghan, though, it’s upwards and upwards.