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Brennan set to be ousted as Derry boss

By John Campbell

It looks increasingly likely that a new manager will be put in charge of the Derry senior football team for next season.

As the fall-out from last Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Longford continues, speculation remains rife that there could be a fresh face at the helm to succeed John Brennan.

Over the course of the past 48 hours county board officials have been at pains to point out that they will not be pressed into what one described as “panic measures.”

Derry’s exit from both the Ulster Championship and All-Ireland qualifiers within the space of a fortnight has impacted heavily on local pride and sparked anger and frustration among supporters.

County PRO Chris McCann confirmed that a full-scale review of the 2012 season will be conducted in due course when all aspects of the senior football team’s performances will be examined.

He said: “This is normal procedure at the end of any season as all county bosses at the different levels within Derry are appointed on a one-year basis subject to review.”

“Obviously there is disappointment within the county but it has to be borne in mind that we have had to deal with what has been an exceptionally heavy injury list.

“The injuries were particularly felt during the course of the National League and we did just about enough to stay in Division Two with our wins over Monaghan and Meath.”

Meanwhile, former Antrim player Sean McVeigh is set to re-join his native county.

McVeigh captained London in this year’s championship and turned in an impressive performance when they lost to the Saffrons last weekend.

“I’ve had the best moments of my football career in London,” says McVeigh.”

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