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Barton's time up at Derry as McGrath mulls Erneside

By Declan Bogue

As expected and confirmed by Derry officials, Damian Barton's tenure as Derry manager is up and he will not have a third season, unless he applies to get his old job back.

Given that unlikelihood, the Oak Leafers are on the hunt for a manager who will begin life in 2018 in Division Three of the National League.

Barton came with hopes of restoring the county to former glories. But he was met with many frustrations, not least this season where he found it difficult to get players to buy into the team ethos, and despaired at the lack of club support.

Tonight, Pete McGrath will meet the management committee of Fermanagh county board to discuss how the year went, and if they are to continue.

After the National League win over Down, the season got away from them. That they shed no fewer than 20 players from the squad that reached the 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final is a statistic that explains their fall to Division Three.

McGrath will probably want to stay. And the board will be keen for that, despite some calling for a new voice.

There is a lot to be said for stability and Fermanagh have to be careful what they wish for.

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