GLENSWILLY, the county champions, have turned one of the clubs founding fathers with the appointment of Manus McFadden as senior manager.
McFadden, one of the founding members of the club back in 1981 was appointed at the club’s reconvened AGM on Saturday night. He was unopposed for the position and replaces the Gary McDaid and John McGinley, who stepped down at the end of last season.
A former player in the early years and Junior B championship winner with the club in 1984, he has also played and managed Donegal Boston in the North American championship. And he also managed Galway Boston and Armagh Notre Dame during his time living and working in the US.
“It is a hot seat alright, the boys Gary (McDaid) and John (McGinley) done a very good job and have set a very high standard by winning the championship for the first time,” the new boss told the Democrat/Peoples Press.
“But it is a challenge I’m looking forward to and it is now a matter of putting a management team in place. I hope to have a backroom team in place in the next week or so. My only concern now is about having everybody for the new season as the word is that a number of players are thinking about emigrating.”
McFadden is among a number of management positions filled in recent weeks. Joe McBrearty has taken over from Peter McGinley at Killybegs and will guide the Fishermens’ fortunes in 2012. McBrearty was appointed at a club meeting on Saturday night and had the Killybegs squad out training brave and early on Sunday morning.
Martin Doherty has taken on the manager’s role at Naomh Conaill. Doherty who was part of a management team last season when Cathal Corey stepped down has taken on the job on his own and will have former county minor and U-21 trainer Sean Noonan from Lifford as his team trainer/ coach.
Joe Higgins from Letterkenny is the new man at the helm at Division Three club Naomh Colmcille. Higgins, former Fanad Gaels and county vocational schools manager replaces Stephen Friel, who stepped down following his appointment as county minor team manager.
Also Downings have opted for the Shane McClafferty and Michael Bradley combination to take over from Kevin ‘Cookie’ Gallagher, who has also stepped down to concentrate on his role as county minor selector.
Meanwhile, last season’s Intermediate championship finalists Naomh Columba are on the look out for a new manager following the departure of Anthony Molloy. The All-Ireland winning captain has recently been elected chairman of the Naomh Columba minor board and also manager of the club’s U-12 team.