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Ex-Fermanagh boss McGrath takes manager's job at Louth

 

By John Campbell

Former Down and Fermanagh boss Peter McGrath has succeeded Colin Kelly as Louth manager. McGrath, who brought Down to All-Ireland success in 1991 and 1994, had more recently been involved with Fermanagh.

But having confirmed that he was remaining in charge of the Ernesiders in July, he dramatically stood down a week later after it emerged that dissatisfaction was expressed at a players' meeting at the manner in which the season had panned out.

Fermanagh were relegated from Division Two and lost to Monaghan in the Ulster Championship before bowing out of the qualifiers to Armagh.

McGrath's appointment as Louth boss now sees him renew his link with a county in which he has served as a club manager.

In 2007 he took Cooley Kickhams to the county final but they were beaten by St Patrick's.

Under Kelly, Louth won back-to-back promotions in the league to Division Two where they will ply their trade next term.

However, they have under-performed in the Championship and during the summer they lost to Meath in the Leinster Championship before bowing out of the qualifiers to Longford.

McGrath, who lives in Rostrevor, had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the then vacant Donegal job, but his close proximity to Louth will facilitate his travel arrangements.

He has already named Declan Mussen as his strength and conditioning coach and is expected to reveal the remainder of his backroom team shortly.

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