Damien Cassidy is the new Derry football team manager – and he will have his first major assignment tonight.
In common with the rest of the GAA world, Cassidy will tune into the draw for next year’s All Ireland football and Hurling Championships which will be made live on RTE 2 (7.30).
And he will be fervently hoping that a favourable initial pairing will prove the catalyst for a Derry revival in the Ulster Championship which has been dominated by Armagh and Tyrone in recent years.
Cassidy succeeds Paddy Crozier who, despite taking Derry to the National League title earlier this year, was unable to muster enough support to ensure an extension of his tenancy.
Now Cassidy, an All Ireland medal winner with Derry in 1993,has the difficult task of trying to revitalise Derry’s fortunes.
He achieved much success as a player with Bellaghy before taking over the managerial reins and bringing a county title to the club.
He has latterly been in charge of Tyrone side Clonoe where he succeeded John Morrison, now helping Mickey Moran in Leitrim.