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Board holds fire in quest to replace McIver at Derry

It is understood the hunt for a new Derry manager to succeed Brian McIver will not be stepped up until the senior football championship has reached a more advanced stage.

This will permit what are viewed to be potential 'home-grown' candidates to conclude their commitments with their clubs and also allow the county board to receive nominations from other sources.

There is a groundswell of opinion within the county that would suggest an 'outsider' could get the job although it is believed that former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney is the only such person to have expressed an interest in the post to date. While the clubs will be invited to make nominations, the county board will also be able to "make suggestions" in relation to the appointment, as one official put it.

With a raft of games in the county championship spanning the next number days, the credentials of various club managers will certainly come under the microscope.

Dungiven and Banagher will meet in what could prove a pulsating north Derry derby tomorrow.

Lavey will meet reigning champions Slaughtneil tomorrow but one of the most interesting games is listed for Tuesday next when Ballinderry will meet Ballinascreen.

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