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Saturday 16 December 2017

McCartan to clear out backroom team

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

JAMES McCARTAN looks set to stay on as Down football manager, but with a revamped backroom team.

Assistant manager Brian McIver and team coach Paddy Tally are not expected to be involved next year as McCartan plans to freshen up things after a disappointing summer.

The former county star led the Mournemen to last year's All-Ireland final and to promotion back into Division 1 of the Allianz League this season.

But they suffered a shock first-round exit to Armagh in Ulster this summer and, after beating Clare, Leitrim and Antrim, lost heavily to Cork in the final round of the qualifiers.

Tally was the fitness coach with Tyrone when they won their first All-Ireland in 2003 and was involved with Down before McCartan's arrival, when Ross Carr was still manager.

When McCartan took over he brought in McIver, the former Donegal and Ballinderry manager, who had worked extensively with Tally at St Mary's College in Ulster football's highly competitive third-level scene.

But McCartan's backroom team is now expected to have a very new look for his third year in charge.

Elsewhere, John Brennan has been re-appointed as Derry senior football boss for a second year.

Brennan, who succeeded Damien Cassidy last year, brought Derry to their first Ulster final in 11 years this summer, where they lost to Donegal and they were subsequently beaten by Kildare in the last round of the qualifiers. Ger Rogan has also been reappointed as the county's senior hurling manager.

Irish Independent

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