Campbell takes up reigns at Castledawson

Former Donegal defender Paddy Campbell is back in football management in Derry.

Former Donegal defender Paddy Campbell is back in football management in Derry.

The Naomh Conaill man, who captained Naomh Conaill to their first ever senior championship success in 2005, has lived in Derry city for over a decade. He is the new man at the helm with Oak Leaf County intermediate club Castledawson. Campbell takes up the position after a year out of management and ironically with the club that defeated his Steelstown side two years ago in the Derry Intermediate Championship final.

Campbell was player-manager at the Derry City club and played a key role in the rise of Steelstown’s fortunes in recent season and their rise to senior football.

Ironically, Castledawson who after a season in senior championship football were relegated back down to Intermediate football with their place being taken by Steelstown who were promoted at the end of last year.

Castledawson, for years a recognised senior championship club, has had a see-saw existence in recent seasons and has been up and down between senior and intermediate football. Campbell’s first job will be to lead the club back up the pecking order to senior championship football.