SPORT — 29 July 2014

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by Sean Moriarty

We are down to the last three games of the London County Championship.

After this weekend, the final weekend of the group stages, we are just left with the semi-finals and the final which is set for August 31.

In just over 21 days we learn who the London County Champions are.

But the Irish World understands that a new London County manager will not be appointed until the same.

Current manger Paul Coggins has yet to decide, indeed the county board has yet to make him a formal offer, if he will continue or not.

It is not an ideal situation.  The county team manager needs to be attending the last of the senior championship games so he can be in the best position to select the best possible squad for the 2015 season. Yes, it is a long time off in real terms but once the curtain comes down on the 2014 season there will be limited senior football action across London until early in the New Year.

A lot can change between then and now. It always does. Lads go home, new players arrive. It is the nature of London GAA and always has been.

But if we are if ware to ever again revisit the heady days of 2013, when London qualified for a Connacht Final and played in an All Ireland qualifier in Croke Park action needs to be taken now.

Holding off on appointing a new manager will only damage the county team here in the long run.

The perfect solution would to re-appoint Coggins.  The board must offer  him the right deal  and the Roscommon man must be comfortable with the deal.

Have no doubt, Coggins will attending almost every senior  (and some intermediate games) between now the season end and he will be keeping an eye to existing and emerging talent with a view to going forward.

However who else will be taking such a keen interest? Probably nobody.

This is why the county board needs to me more assertive in appointing a new manager. Otherwise we could end up with a rudderless county team and just look what happened the county hurlers this season.

For the sake of London inter-county football, let us hope the Paul stays on, but if agreement can’t be reached then there is no plan B.

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