Monday 14 October 2019

Tyrone native Tally takes charge in Down


Paddy Tally. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Paddy Tally. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Paddy Tally was officially ratified as the new manager of the Down senior footballers last night.

Tally succeeds Eamonn Burns who stepped down after the qualifier defeat to Cavan having served three years in the role.

Tyrone native Tally returns to the county having worked with the Mourne men under James McCartan when they reached the All-Ireland final in 2010. He comes with a stellar CV after working under Mickey Harte when Tyrone secured their breakthrough All-Ireland title in 2003, while he also steered St Mary's to a notable Sigerson Cup title success in 2017.

This season he worked with Kevin Walsh and Galway and he was credited with helping them to reach a league final on their return to the top flight, while they also reached the All-Ireland semi-final where they went down to Dublin.

It has been reported that Tally will include Down star Benny Coulter in his backroom team along with Gavin McGilly and Stephen Beattie.

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