Derry put faith in quiet man Crozier
HE may not be a household name in sport but Derry are hoping their new team boss, Paddy Crozier, appointed on Tuesday night, may follow, to a certain degree, the All-Ireland trail blazed by Sean Boylan.
"Paddy is not a high-profile individual, but neither was Sean Boylan when he was appointed Meath manager in 1982, and look what he went on to achieve," said Derry Board PRO Jerry Donnelly.
"While it would be very ambitious to hope that Paddy would emulate Sean Boylan's feat of winning four All-Irelands, hopefully he will enjoy a considerable level of success.
"Having a high-profile should not be a necessary requirement when it comes to selecting an inter-county team manager.
"Behind his quiet facade, I am confident that in Paddy Crozier we have a very knowledgeable and confident football man.
"Paddy may not be known outside Derry, but within the county he is a very respected figure because of his immense knowledge of football and players of all ages."
Crozier, who succeeds Mickey Moran, has been appointed for three years. He previously served as a minor selector, the highlight being the All-Ireland success in 2002.
For the last two years Crozier, who won a Dublin SFC medal with Civil Service in 1980, managed Dungiven.
Crozier's first target is to retain Division One status. "We were in Division 2B for three years and we certainly don't want to go back there again," he said.
"For the championship Tyrone and Armagh will again be the chief stumbling blocks for all Ulster counties but I am hopeful our lads will rise to the challenge," said Crozier, who will name his two selectors over the next fortnight.