Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

McIver poised to return

Brian McIver is expected to return as Donegal manager for a three-year term

Brian McIver is set to be re-appointed as Donegal manager - and for a three-year term, too.

McIver dramatically stepped down in the immediate aftermath of Donegal's defeat by Monaghan in the Bank of Ireland All Ireland Qualifiers.

It is understood that McIver was less than impressed with the attitude of some of his players at that time and this prompted his out of the blue decision.

But since then McIver has had meetings with Donegal officials and then threw his hat back into the ring again when the manager's job was on offer.

Interviews have already been held - it is believed four candidates were in the field - and McIver is reportedly on the verge of accepting a three-year term.

Under his tutelage Donegal won the National League title for the first time in their history this year and had been expected to make significant progress in the Championship.

But after their opening round victory over Armagh in their Ulster campaign they were defeated by Derry before succumbing to Monaghan in what turned out to be a rather one-sided contest at Omagh.

The lack of fight and character displayed by Donegal on that occasion prompted McIver to step down from his post.

Yet in the last two years he has not only overseen a National League success but has helped to nurture several newcomers in the county team.

His enthusiasm, coaching ability and motivational nous have elevated him up among the leading group of team bosses in the province.

He led Ballinderry Shamrocks to the All Ireland Club title in 2002 and has since been involved with Armagh side Dromintee.

His arrival in the Donegal hot seat sparked tremendous interest but their championship failure this year saw the balloon burst.

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