Kelly emerges as early favourite for Louth job

With just over a week gone by since Peter Fitzpatrick stepped down as Louth boss, U21 manager Colin Kelly has emerged as the current favourite to take over.

With just over a week gone by since Peter Fitzpatrick stepped down as Louth boss, U21 manager Colin Kelly has emerged as the current favourite to take over.

Yet when questioned late last week the O’Raghallaigh’s manager remained tight lipped on whether he would be putting himself forward for the senior post.

“My name has been mentioned in connection with the Louth manager’s position, but all that is speculation at the moment,” he stated.

Kelly also revealed that nobody from the County board had contacted him yet regarding taking over the reins of the 2010 Leinster finalists.

“Nobody from the county board has spoken to me about the job, nor have I spoken to anybody about it.

“I have a two-year term as manager of the Louth U21 team and I’ll be honouring that in next year’s championship.”

It is also understood that a County Board sub committee has been set up to find Fitzer’s successor, with Chairman Padraig O’Connor, secretary Des Halpenny, Barry Cullen and Declan Byrne tasked with the job.

Another who has been sounded out as a possible replacement is Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney.

McEnaney stepped down as Meath coach following their defeat to Laois in the All Ireland Qualifiers and has been installed at odds of 12/1 to be the next Wee County boss.

However since former Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney vacated the Monaghan managerial post three weeks ago, Banty has refused to rule himself out of taking over his native Farney County instead.