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Down axe a big blow for Shane Mulholland

By John Campbell

Shane Mulholland, a player who gave Down superb service at senior level in the past, described his sacking as county minor boss as "a real kick in the teeth".

Ballyholland clubman Mulholland had been in charge for the past two years but was shown the exit door because of the team's failure to make progress in the Ulster Championship.

In 2014, Down were beaten by Tyrone and in this year's competition they lost to a Derry side that beat the then Ulster and All-Ireland title favourites Donegal at the semi-final stage before going on to overcome Cavan in last Sunday's final.

"I put in a lot of work with the squad and there was more of a joined-up approach in terms of liaising with development squads and indeed the Under-21 management so I felt that progress was being made," maintained Mulholland.

"While I wanted to make more progress in the Championship, I think the bigger picture showed that progress was being made.

"The view has been expressed that Down do not possess physically big players but we had got together a side that carried considerable presence and were dedicated so it was a real kick in the teeth not to be re-appointed."

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