Mattie Lennon was named as manager of the Monaghan senior hurlers at Thursday’s specially-convened meeting. Lennon’s appointment ends the search for a successor to Frank Brady, whose four years in charge saw Monaghan win Division Four of the National Hurling League twice and reach two Nicky Rackard Cup semi-finals.
Lennon, who will soon finalise his backroom team, has been given a three-year term with a review after two years. The Derrynoose native led Armagh to a NHL Division Three title in 2006 and a narrow defeat in the 2008 Nicky Rackard Cup Final. He was also involved in the Orchard County’s All-Ireland Under-21 football success in 2004.
Lennon is widely credited with kick-starting a revival in Armagh hurling, as acknowledged by Paul Kelly from the management team of the Under-21s that reached last year’s Ulster Final. Kelly told the Belfast Telegraph: “The origins of our resurgence date back five or six years when Mattie Lennon took over the reins… He was responsible for putting in place some very solid foundations.”