McGowan opts to throw his hat into the Harps ring

McGowan opts to throw his hat into the Harps ring
Finn Harps interim manager Sean McGowan has said he is interested in taking up the role of first team manager at the Ballybofey club.

Finn Harps interim manager Sean McGowan has said he is interested in taking up the role of first team manager at the Ballybofey club.

After Peter Hutton’s resignation last Friday, McGowan will take temporary charge of Harps for their final Airtricity League Division One fixture of the season at Salthill Devon on Saturday night at Drom.

“I would be interested,” he said yesterday. “I’m with the U-19s and have worked as assistant manager so would know the current squad.

“We’re not a million miles away. The players do the job that the management tell them to do and my focus this week is on getting a result against Salthill Devon.

“I’m not sure how the board plan to appoint a new manager or whether they might have something in mind so I will see what happens.”

The Cappry native has been at Harps in a number of guises - from player to Ulster Senior League boss, assistant manager to U-19 manager - for over 40 years.

McGowan has taken up the mantle of interim manager on two occasions before - between the tenures of Jonathan Speak and Noel King in 2003 and then prior to Felix Healy’s appointment in 2004.

In 2009, McGowan was named as assistant to James Gallagher and he also fulfilled the same role under the recently departed Hutton.

“I’m sure Peter will come back bigger and stronger,” McGowan said of Hutton.

“We did well in the FAI Cup, reaching the last eight and almost knocking out a Drogheda United side who are in the final now.

“But we weren’t really good enough over the course of the league season and seemed to miss a lot of chances and then got punished for every mistake we made.

“Peter’s a 100 per cent man from a good, footballing family. He wanted to chizzle a few things in place here at Harps and for one reason or another it didn’t work out”.