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Mickey Moran heads west for Leitrim challenge

By John Campbell

Three Ulster counties - Antrim, Cavan and Derry - are currently in the throes of seeking out new football team managers but today one of the province’s most experienced bosses confirmed that he is once again embarking on a new role in Connacht.

Mickey Moran, who in partnership with John Morrison has taken charge of Derry, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo in the past, has accepted the challenge of revitalising Leitrim who have been under the baton of Dessie Dolan Snr of late.

Moran, assisted by Morrison, steered Donegal to the All Ireland quarter-finals in 2002 and two years later the duo took Derry to the All-Ireland semi-final. Two years ago the pair were back in Croke Park in charge of a Mayo side who were heavily beaten by Kerry in the All Ireland final.

Now they are heading west again for their third mission there, conscious that they face a huge test in bringing fresh credibility to Leitrim. It’s over a decade since Leitrim stunned the GAA world when they sensationally won the Connacht title under the captaincy of Declan Darcy.

Since then, though, Leitrim have languished in the backwaters but the county board is confident that Moran and Morrison can improve their team’s fortunes.

Meanwhile, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is today putting the finishing touches to his team for Sunday’s All Ireland semi-final against Wexford at Croke Park. It is understood that the Red Hands manager may give a vote of confidence to the line-up that jettisoned Dublin’s All-Ireland title dream.

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