29/10/2009

Sean Connor: In Focus

The news that Allan Moore will not be the next Morton manager has resulted in feverish speculation as to where Douglas Rae will turn for another candidate. Today's Evening Times suggests that Northern Irish manager Sean Connor is the new favourite to get the job.

Connor (pictured, left) - currently in charge of League Of Ireland Premier Division side Dundalk - was interviewed for the job as recently as Monday. Morton chairman Douglas Rae told the Greenock Telegraph's Roger Graham that Connor had a chance of getting the job:"He [Connor] is in the mix with the others. All I would say is that he seems a decent candidate. We'll be going over all those who have been interviewed later in the week before making any announcement."

Connor wont be a name familiar to many (any) Morton fans so I've searched the net for information on the man the Evening Times' Bert Mitchell claims Rae had hoped to announce as the new manager today.

Full Name: Sean Connor
Age: 42 (12.07.1967)
Playing Positions: Unknown
Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality: Northern Irish
Height: 5' 10"
Former Clubs (playing): Lisburn Distillery (Northern Ireland), Port Vale, Macclesfield Town [loan], Ards (Northern Ireland), Cliftonville (Northern Ireland)
Non Playing Career: Birmingham City (press officer), Cincinnati Riverhawks (USA - Coach), Boston Bulldogs (USA - coach), Lafayette Swamp Cats (USA - coach) Sligo Rovers (Republic of Ireland - manager), Bohemians (Republic of Ireland -manager)
Current Position: Dundalk (Republic Of Ireland - manager)

Managerial Record:

2004: Sligo Rovers - 6th in LOI Division 1^
2005: Sligo Rovers - 1st in LOI Division 1 (promoted)
2006: Sligo Rovers - 5th in LOI Premier Division
2007: Bohemians - 3rd in LOI Premier Division (qualified for Intertoto Cup), League Of Ireland Cup Runners-Up
2009: Dundalk - 4th in LOI Premier Division*

^ Connor was only in charge for the last month of the season

* The 2009 season (March - October) still has one match left to play - against Cork City tomorrow night - but Dundalk can finish no higher, or lower, than 4th.
LOI = League Of Ireland

dundalkfc.com - Sean Connor profile

loi.ie - Sean Connor profile

Wikiedpia - Sean Connor profile

Greenock Telegraph - Surprise As Irish Boss Interviewed For Morton Job (27.10.2009)

1 comment:

mortonjag said...

I would have settled for Allan Moore, but we seem to be back in 'no man's land' with Connor.

Rae should not rush this so long as we are keeping our heads above water - unless of course he intends to make further funds available to a new Manager before current player contracts expire.