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Saturday 23 September 2017

Leitrim selectors step in

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LEITRIM selectors Barry Breen and George Dugdale will take over as interim managers after Mickey Moran's sudden decision to step down for health reasons.

County secretary Diarmuid Sweeney has eased fears about Moran by clarifying that his health issues are not life-threatening.

Breen was a selector with Moran in recent years and Dugdale, who had been part of previous managements, had joined his back room this autumn in place of Martin McGowan.

Moran, who was part of Derry's All-Ireland-winning management in 1993 and has since also managed Donegal and Mayo, had been re-appointed for a fourth successive season.

Sweeney confirmed yesterday that his selectors will take charge while the county decides what to do next.

"There is already a programme in place for the players who are doing their own training, so that progress will continue and won't be disrupted," Sweeney said. "We will have to sit down with the selectors and see where we go from here."

There is already speculation locally that the two selectors may be asked to take over permanently, given the difficulty of finding a new manager so close to the new season.

Elsewhere, Connacht Council look set to take disciplinary action after setting up a special committee to investigate the recent provincial club final between St Brigid's (Roscommon) and Corofin (Galway).

Irish Independent

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