Brian McIver is the new Derry football manager and will today begin the arduous task of trying to restore the Oak Leaf county’s fortunes.
McIver’s appointment was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the county board last night.
He succeeds John Brennan who has been in charge for the past two years.
Now McIver, who will have top fitness expert Paddy Tally as part of a high-profile backroom team along with Anton Moran, Bernie Henry and Jody Wilson, will seek to rekindle the success that Derry enjoyed in the 1990’s when they won their only All Ireland title to date (1992) and collected four National League crowns (1992, ’95, ’96, 2000).
It was in 2002 that McIver brought Ballinderry Shamrocks to All-Ireland Club title glory before moving on to take over as manager of Donegal.
He had under his wing many of the players who will feature in the All-Ireland final against Mayo later this month but although Donegal managed to win a National League title under his command (2007), championship success nonetheless continued to prove elusive.
Following his spell with Donegal, McIver joined the Down management team under James McCartan and served there for the past two years.
lThe GAA has been forced to issue a warning about the source of tickets for the All-Ireland hurling and football finals as interest soars through the roof.
GAA director general Paraic Duffy has revealed that demand is so high the Association could have offloaded up to 230,000 tickets collectively for the two finals in Croke Park.
Such demand has caused a black market frenzy, with the Association warning yesterday about unauthorised websites selling tickets.
Pointing out that tickets are distributed through clubs and county boards, it warned in a statement: "Any tickets on touting websites the GAA are made aware of, where the section and seat number can be established, are automatically cancelled.”