Thursday 17 August 2017

Derry boss Barton lines up Scullion as his assistant

Tony Scullion is expected to be named as Derry's assistant manager following Damian Barton's appointment as manager on Tuesday night
Tony Scullion is expected to be named as Derry's assistant manager following Damian Barton's appointment as manager on Tuesday night

Orla Bannon

Four-time All-Star defender Tony Scullion is expected to be named as Derry's new assistant boss in the wake of Damian Barton's appointment as manager on Tuesday night.

The duo were part of Derry's only All-Ireland triumph in 1993 and are set to join forces for the next two years in a bid to bring success back to the county.

Scullion has frequently been linked with the county set-up over the years, but was prevented from getting involved due to his employment with the Ulster Council as a full-time coaching officer. A rule change last year means he can now proceed - and will now join forces with Barton on a strong coaching ticket.

Questioned

Former Derry manager Adrian McGuckin has no doubts about their ability, but has questioned how well the pair will work together.

"They are two good men but I'm not sure if they are the right mix," he said. "There are going to be two strong personalities in there, but I hope it works out for them.

"I think he (Barton) is a very good appointment. He's a serious worker, he puts in a lot of time and effort and he sets very high standards. He is very strong in discipline and is good tactically so, yeah, Derry have got a very good manager."

Barton, 53, has a lot of experience managing club teams in Derry such as Ballinderry, Slaughtneil, Loup and Kilrea, and also managed Burren in Down.

McGuckin believes he has been unlucky not to have had the success his work deserved in various clubs.

"The criticism of him would be that he has taken a lot of clubs and not got them over the line in terms of winning a championship. A lot of those clubs have gone on to success within a year or two of him leaving, but I think he has been unlucky.

"Damian is very disciplined. It is his way or no way and he is not afraid of waving the big stick.

"The question is, do Derry have the players? I wouldn't be too sure."

Irish Independent

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