By Niall McCoy
A NUMBER of clubs have firmed up their management teams for the forthcoming season.
One of the more high-profile appointments sees former Tyrone minor manager Mickey Donnelly linking up with Monaghan champions Ballybay.
The Pearse Brother’s have failed to win a county title since 2012 and Donnelly, previously with Mayobridge and Ardboe, will hope to end that wait.
Fellow Oriel club Corduff have also snagged a big name with former Armagh forward Martin O’Rourke taking over their senior team. O’Rourke has had a huge input into the arrival of St Paul’s, Bessbrook as a MacRory heavyweight in recent years whilst he was also a coach with the Armagh minors last year.
Collie Holmes, meanwhile, has been announced as the new manager of Eglish.
There have also been a number of switches in Armagh. Ollie Flynn has been appointed as the new manager of Forkhill. Dromintee also have a new man in charge as former Shane O’Neill’s boss Kevin Franklin takes charge. Stevie McDonnell, meanwhile, is back for another season in charge of Killeavy.
Down club football has also witness a raft of switches in the close season.
One of the big switches sees Brian Burns coming into Braynsford in place of Frank Dawson, now with Mayobridge.
Tyrone man Peter Loughran is believed to be taking on Tullylish while Braynsford man Dan Rice will be over Teconnaught. Gary Farrell will manage Clann na Banna and Conor Deegan is with Downpatrick. Shane Mulholland had already been confirmed as Rostrevor’s new boss.
The Tyrone ladies, meanwhile, are also on the hunt for a new manager after confirmation that both Tiffy Quinn and Tony McVeigh have opted out of the joint role.
Tyrone county officials have had difficulty in finding a suitable replacement and now with just over a month to the opening round of the National League against Galway they find themselves without a management team.
It remains unclear as to just who has put their names forward but two experienced former county managers had indicated some interest and a successful coach had been approached but had already taken a new role.
Both Quinn and McVeigh had indicated at the start of their tenure that it was always going to be for a limited time although there had been a genuine hope that the duo would have been persuaded to stay on.