Wednesday 22 November 2017

Damian Barton and Pat Flanagan among the first GAA managerial casualties of the summer

Pat Flanagan and Damian Barton
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Offaly and Derry are on the look-out for new managers for 2018 after deciding to end the tenures of Pat Flanagan and Damian Barton respectively.

Flanagan took charge of the Faithful county in 2015 and was midway through a two-year extension but the county board committee decided to look for an alternative after a disappointing Championship campaign which saw them lose to Westmeath after a replay and losing to Cavan in the qualifiers.

Barton's reign in the Oak Leaf County appears to be over too after the county board released a statement last night thanking him for his service.

The statement read: "Damian Barton was ratified by Coiste Chontae Dhoire as Derry senior football manager for an agreed period of two years.

"We would like to sincerely thank Damian, his management and backroom teams, and all the players who have represented their county during this period.

"Nominations for the position of Derry senior football manager will be sought from our clubs in the coming weeks."

Barton came agonisingly close to masterminding a famous win over Mayo in Castlebar last weekend before last year's beaten All-Ireland finallists finally prevailed after extra time.

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