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John Brennan appointed Derry senior football manager

John Brennan
John Brennan had missed out on the Derry job on previous occasions

John Brennan has been confirmed as the new Derry senior football manager.

The appointment will offer Brennan his first opportunity to prove himself at inter-county level, having enjoyed a successful career as a club boss.

Brennan, who is in his mid-60s, has had spells in charge of Lavey, Loup, Slaughtneil, Cargin and Carrickmore.

He has yet to confirm his backroom team but it is likely Brennan will include Derry's 1993 All-Ireland winning captain Henry Downey.

Brennan emerged as the favourite for the post after Antrim boss Liam Bradley and ex-Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke ruled themselves out of the running.

Damian Barton and Tony Scullion also withdrew from the process to succeed Damien Cassidy.

That left Brennan and Peter Doherty still in the race.

Brennan has been close to landing the job on a couple of previous occasions.

In October 2004, Brennan was beaten by nine votes to eight in a cliff-hanger vote as he challenged then Derry boss Mickey Moran for the role.

He has also been nominated for the Oak Leaf role on a couple of other occasions only to miss out.

I just feel that it would be too soon after leaving Fermanagh to take on another inter-county job

Malachy O'Rourke

Antrim boss Liam Bradley told the BBC on Tuesday that he had pulled out of the race "a number of weeks ago".

O'Rourke also confirmed that he had told the Derry county board that he didn't want to be considered for the current vacancy.

"I just feel that it would be too soon after leaving Fermanagh to take on another inter-county job although I very much appreciated the nomination," O'Rourke told BBC Sport on Tuesday.

O'Rourke quit as Fermanagh manager in July after a second successive disappointing season with the Erne County.



see also
Six put forward for Oak Leaf boss
17 Aug 10 |  Gaelic Games
Bradley commits future to Antrim
03 Aug 10 |  Gaelic Games
Cassidy resigns as Derry manager
30 Jul 10 |  Gaelic Games
Derry 1-09 2-17 Kildare
17 Jul 10 |  Gaelic Games
Derry 1-7 1-10 Armagh
16 May 10 |  Gaelic Games
Derry 0-15 1-15 Kerry
26 Apr 09 |  Gaelic Games


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