Thursday 8 December 2016

Burns gets green light for Down job

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Eamon Burns
Eamon Burns

Former All-Ireland winner Eamonn Burns has been appointed Down's senior football manager.

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Burns, who won All-Ireland medals in 1991 and 1994, was ratified by the Down County Board last night.

He takes over from Jim McCorry who stepped down after just one year in charge during the summer.

McCorry had been cleared to continue but the margin of the vote of confidence passed in him was so narrow it prompted him to step down. Support from the Management Committee was also understood to be weak.

Burns' management team will be confirmed next week. There was speculation that Down were trying to involve Niall Moyna and former Dublin coach Mickey Whelan in the new set-up but this is not thought to be happening now.

Moyna was previously involved with James McCartan during his last year in charge. McCartan was confirmed as the county's new minor manager last night.

Down will also have new sponsors, the Canal Court Hotel being replaced by EOS IT Management Solutions.

Meanwhile, Tipperary football chairman Joe Hannigan insists there will be no hitches with Liam Kearns' appointment as their next senior manager.

Kearns was expected to be ratified at Tuesday night's county board meeting but that was deferred. Hannigan says they have decided to wait until his backroom team is confirmed.

Kildare GAA is looking forward to some degree of financial independence after it was confirmed that oversight from Croke Park for all financial matters is no longer required.

With gate receipts increasing by €70,000 to €240,000 and Club Kildare running a successful draw that brought in €260,000, treasurer Alan Dunny was able to tell this week's county board meeting that end-of-year figures will show a healthy surplus.

Croke Park have had oversight of finances since the county received a series of cash injections in 2012 to help with day-to-day expenses.

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