Eamonn McEneaney has stepped down from his position as Monaghan manager in the wake of the county’s defeat at the hands of Laois in O’Moore Park.
McEneaney called time on his two seasons in charge with a heavy heart but admitted that the process of rebuilding Monaghan would be long and one he was unable to commit to.
He told RTÉ Sport that he had indicated to the county board before their Ulster semi final defeat to Down that he wouldn’t be seeking a longer contract.
“It is a long-term job in my opinion now and what I’ve seen over the last 12 months is it needs some to take it on over the next three or four years. I’m just not in a position to do that. I have a family and my own lad playing senior inter-county football and I have to go one way and he is going another on a Sunday morning,” he explained.
McEneaney won three Ulster medals as a player with Monaghan during a golden period for the county in the late ’70s and 80s but has endured a much bleaker time as manager since his appointment in October 2010.
Monaghan exited the 2011 Ulster championship at the quarter final stage and went out after just one game in the qualifiers. Their six point defeat by Laois sounded the death knell for his managerial tenure.
He is looking forward to becoming a supporter again after dedicating much of his life to Monaghan football and paid tribute to the players he has worked with during his time in charge.
“It is with a heavy heart that I do it because they are a great bunch of lads. I can’t thank them enough for all they have given me. I can’t thank the Monaghan supporters enough for the support they have given us and unfortunately we have not been able to deliver on the field.”