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Anthony Tohill and Tony Scullion ready to back the Derry cause

By Declan Bogue

Published 29/09/2015

Anthony Tohill
Anthony Tohill

Anthony Tohill, among others, will be involved in the Derry effort in 2016, new manager Damien Barton has revealed.

"There has been a lot of speculation about Tony Scullion's involvement," Barton said.

"Tony will be involved in an advisory capacity, as will a lot of my colleagues from 1993.

"I don't have any qualms lifting the phone and asking Anthony Tohill his opinion, in an advisory capacity, similar to Tony."

Elsewhere, he confirmed the story, broken by The Belfast Telegraph last Wednesday, that his teaching colleague, former Tyrone player Brian McGuckin would be a coach in his management structure.

"Brian would be from Ballinderry stock, he is currently playing for Edendork and managing Coalisland," he said.

"Brian is young and ambitious, I like what he does, the relationship he can strike up with players, and that's a very important thing. I think he is going to be involved."

Another former Tyrone player, Eoghan Bradley of Killyclogher, will take care of the strength and conditioning element, while former Derry goalkeeper, the popular Michael Conlon, has been approached about becoming a goalkeeping coach and is considering the possibility.

Asked about the possibility of another man of a similar name, star forward Eoin Bradley and his attempts to juggle Irish League soccer commitments with Glenavon, Barton answered in general terms, stating, "I am married with three children and a grandchild.

"The fact is we all have commitments. If you are talking about a panel of 26 players, all of those people have made sacrifices.

"My sacrifices will be minimal compared to what I expect from them. And I will expect sacrifices."

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