Denis Connerton will remain as manager of the Longford senior footballers for a second season. There were concerns and reports that the Rathcline club man was set to walk away from the Midlanders after a dispute over player availability in the build up to this year’s championship.
However, qualifier wins over Down and Monaghan saw a major turn in fortunes for the Leinster side and he was unanimously ratified as the boss for next year by the county’s clubs on Monday night. Connerton’s management team will consist of, Ciaran Fox assistant manager, Enda Macken and Derek Ryan will serve as selectors, while Trevor Smullen will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Last January, Longford pulled off a shock win over reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final which is a victory Connerton is very proud of. Speaking about that he the Irish Daily Star “It was a great achievement for us,were we proud of what we did? Absolutely. I wish it would happen more often.”
Connerton will be hoping that his side can go a few steps further next year in the championship and will be looking for some of the players that didn’t play championship this year for Longford or who weren’t a part of the squad to come on board.