Tuesday 15 October 2019

Brian McIver in line for Derry job

FORMER All-Ireland-winning club boss Brian McIver is being tipped to succeed John Brennan as Derry manager.

Brennan, Tony Scullion, Peter Doherty and Liam Bradley, who resigned as Antrim boss on Monday, have all been nominated for the position along with McIver.

McIver, who guided his home club Ballinderry to an All-Ireland title in 2002, was in charge of Donegal for three years before stepping down in 2008.

A well-respected coach, he has also been part of back-room teams with Down seniors and, most recently, the Derry minors.

Bradley, whose two sons Eoin and Paddy have been leading the Derry attack for many years, is understood to be deliberating whether to put himself forward for the job.

The ex-Antrim boss was linked with the position after Brennan's future as Oak Leaf boss was put in doubt by the decision to open up the post to nominations from clubs.

The Derry county executive met with Brennan two weeks ago to allow him to give his assessment of the 2012 campaign, which saw Derry beaten in an Ulster quarter-final by Donegal and exiting the qualifiers at the first-round stage to Longford.

Prior to being appointed in September 2010, Brennan had indicated that he would not be willing to go through an interview process to secure the job.

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