Down confirms the return of McCartan and O’Rourke

The County Down committee has ratified James McCartan’s appointment as the new Morne County football manager.

Aidan O’Rourke will reunite with McCartan as head coach, with other management group associates to be confirmed in the coming times.

It will at some point guide to a very long and dramatic method of finding a successor for Paddy Tally, who has given that joined Jack O’Connor in Kerry.

Tally resigned in July just after his one particular-year extension request failed to bring in ample assistance from county council users.

A quantity of names had been joined to the job and at one level a management workforce led by Conor Laverty and with Jim McGuinness and Martin Clarke was shut to the appointment. McGuinness walked out of the demo and Laverty and Clarke did the similar.

Clarke has due to the fact been appointed supervisor of the Down Mayobridge club under the path of Steven Poacher who a short while ago resigned from Roscommon.

Down chairman John Devaney expressed hope that “the new administration will be supplied the patience and support of the golf equipment and our supporters as they attempt to create us up and maintain us likely.”

He included: “James and Aidan will provide motivation, encounter, a potent get the job done ethic and a willpower to modify and progress, and I know the gamers will delight in doing work with them.”

Two-time All-Eire winner McCartan is a massively well-known figure in Down and brought them near to their sixth All-Eire title in 2010 in which they lost by one place to Cork.

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He earlier led Queen’s to the past Sigerson title in 2007 with O’Rourke leading the workforce to residence victory in Belfast.

O’Rourke also worked with McCartan in the latter’s time as Down manager and led the crew to the 2012 Ulster remaining.

McCartan has due to the fact been Down’s junior coach although O’Rourke, a native of Armagh, has coached Louth.

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