So with the championship nearing the business end (Super 8’s) in the football, many counties will now be looking towards 2020. These counties have failed to make the Super 8’s and will now consider their managers for 2020 in the coming months. Some managers have already parted company with their respective counties. Let’s take a look below.
1. Malachy O’Rourke – He left Monaghan after been knocked out of the championship by Armagh. O’Rourke led Monaghan to a couple of Ulster titles, as well as an All-Ireland semi-final. He will certainly be high on the list for many counties on the lookout for a manager.
2. Eamonn Fitzmaurice – Fitzmaurice hasn’t been in inter-county management since leaving Kerry in 2018. He managed them from 2012 to 2018. He won 6 Munster titles, 1 All-Ireland title and 1 Allianz League title in that time as manager. He certainly would be a massive addition to any inter-county.
3. Kevin McStay – McStay co-managed Roscommon in 2015, before taking up the role bu himself from 2016. He vacated that position in 2018. He said when announcing his decision to step down that he was announcing his decision to retire from inter-county. However, if the right team came along I think he would change his mind.
4.Ciaran Deely – London parted company earlier this month despite London pushing Galway close in Connacht. They exited the championship after a heavy defeat to Offaly in the qualifiers. Deely make get the opportunity to coach Wexford season as he has said he is open to it but hasn’t been approached.
5. Liam Kearns – Kearns has plenty of county experience. He managed Tipperary from 2015 to June of this year. He has also managed Limerick and Laois. A man that would be ideal for any looking to rebuild.
6. Paul McLoughlin – Left Wexford after a disappointing exit to Derry in the qualifiers. The former Kildare senior footballer will likely be back in management in the near future.
7. Pete McGrath – Hasn’t managed now since 2017 since managing Fermanagh. However, he has done and won it all so would be no surprise if he was to take up a role somewhere.
8. Stephen Rochford – Currently part of the Donegal backroom team, however, I feel Rochford will want to get back in as a manager somewhere in 2020, with who I’m not so sure.
9 Mattie McGleenan – Managed Cavan for two seasons. His two-year term ended last July defeat to Tyrone. Would surely have something to offer.
10. Kevin Walsh – Walsh said after the loss to Mayo in the Super 8’s that he wasn’t going to reveal his plans for 2020, whether that means he is going to stay on or not is another thing. If he doesn’t he will be in hot demand with other counties looking for a new manager.