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Barton lands job of bringing glory days back to Derry

Published 23/09/2015

Damian Barton has been ratified by the Derry County Board as their new senior football team manager.

The Newbridge man succeeds Brian McIver and was voted in after the County Executive made their recommendation at a meeting at the Owenbeg grounds last night.

He has been appointed on a two-year term.

Barton said: "I'm honoured to accept the responsibility that goes with this role.

"I regard it as a privilege and a challenge which I am very much looking forward to," he added.

There is much speculation around his backroom team, but the Belfast Telegraph understands that Barton's team mate from the 1993 Derry team, Tony Scullion, will be involved in some capacity.

Barton also has a long-standing working relationship with former Tyrone player Brian McGuckin, and he could be set for a role.

There had been much speculation on who the Oak Leaf County were going to appoint over recent days, with one source claiming that former Ballinderry manager Martin McKinless was the front runner, with a backroom team of the renowned coach Dessie Ryan, along with former Armagh player and Irish rugby backroom mental coach Enda McNulty.

However, the identity of Barton was well disguised by the Derry County Board.

As a player, Barton won a Derry title with Newbridge Sean O'Leary's and made his Ulster Championship debut against Down in 1981.

He was a pivotal member of the 1993 side as a composed, yet flinty, centre-forward, with physicality.

Barton brings significant managerial experience to the table.

After retiring he held a number of coaching posts.

Barton had a spell managing Ballinderry and has spent the last decade between coaching posts at Donaghmore in Tyrone, Burren in Down, as well as Derry clubs Loup, Slaughtneil and Kilrea.

In 2001, he was manager of UUJ in the Sigerson Cup.

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