Donegal GAA officials are frantically on the look-out for a new U-21 football manager and have advertised the position for a second time.
However, one of those nominated for the post, Joe McBrearty, has claimed that he was only contacted by the Donegal Board on Tuesday of this week to attend an interview. He felt that with the team out in the Ulster championship in March, he could not continue with his interest.
And with Donegal due to play in the Ulster championship in a little over two month’s time county chairman P. J. McGowan admitted that it had become and urgent issue and insisted that if nobodoy stepped forward to take on the job that the board would have to go out and find somebody to fill the role.
The board are seeking nominations for the position for the second time having first sought nominations at the end of November. While it is understood there were was some interest in the job and the board received a number of nominations at the time, it has now transpired that those nominated are no longer interested.
“Unfortunately a number of people who were nominated withdrew and we are now seeking nominations for a second time and we are now treating it as a matter of urgency and that is why we have put a tight deadline on the closing date for nominations,” P. J. McGowan told the Democrat.
“We have an interview committee in place and I would expect to have the position filled in the next ten days and the end of the month at the latest. If we do not receive any interest we are going to have go out and find someone for the job.”
Meanwhile, Joe McBrearty, (pictured) one those who had received a nomination, informed the Democrat that he had withdrawn because he felt that the time was far too short to get a team ready for the championship. The Killybegs man, who claims he was first approached by Donegal senior manager and outgoing U-21 manager Jim McGuinness the week before the All-Ireland football final about the job, also alleges the first contact he had from the board on the matter was on Tuesday evening of this week.
“I received a call from Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh informing me that he was sending me an e-mail inviting me to an interview for the job and that was the first I heard from the board on the matter even though my nomination was with them since early December,” said McBrearty.
“I’m no longer interested because I feel the time is far too short to get a team in place and ready for the championship.”
The 40 clubs in the county were informed by e-mail on Tuesday night that the board were seeking fresh nominations for the position and the closing date for receipt of nominations was 5 pm on Wednesday next January 18th.
Meanwhile, the chairman confirmed that they had received two nominations for the senior hurling manager’s job and that interviews were planned for early next week to fill the vacancy left by Andrew Wallace.