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Maxi Curran takes up reins as U-21 manager

U21 team captain Michael Murphy and team mentor Maxi Curran at the press meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday. Photo Thomas Gallagher 2704TG122

U21 team captain Michael Murphy and team mentor Maxi Curran at the press meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday. Photo Thomas Gallagher 2704TG122

Donegal U-21 footballers have a new manager at last following the appointment of Maxi Current to the position on Thursday night.

Curran from Downings and a member of Jim McGuinness’s senior management team, takes over from McGuinness who stepped down at the end of last season. The appointment comes at the end of a long drawn process which saw the county board advertise the position for a second time last week after a number of candidates that were originally nominated for the position withdrew.

Curran has previously managed at county U-16 and minor level and has also managed at club level in both Donegal and Tyrone and has also acted as county coaching officer for a year.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and it was always something I wanted to get my teeth into managing the U-21s. I have managed at U-16 and minor level before and I suppose the U-21s was the next gradual progression,” said Maxi.

“I accept that the time is short as we are out in the championship in something like eight weeks and there is little time to prepare so it is a matter of getting down to work immediately.

“I plan to hold trials in the next week or so but I’m lucky I suppose in that I have been involved with Jim (McGuinness) for the last two years and having been involved at U-16 and minor level I know the players fairly well.

“We looked at a lot of players last season and a lot of them are eligible this year. So it is not like I’m coming in totally new and starting off fresh.

“But it will be down to work straight away and with Tyrone or Fermanagh, most likely Tyrone, our first round opponents we fully accept that we face a massive challenge. But it is one I’m up for and I’m going to give it my best shot and take it from there.”

Francie Friel from Termon and Maxi’s brother, Barney Curran, make up his backroom team while Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher will act in an advisory capacity.

The appointment was made following an interview process on Thursday night. John McNulty from Kilcar was the only other candidate with the interview panel made up of Mick McGrath, Michael McMenamin and Alan Boyd.

 
 
 

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