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Tom McLean takes over from Ger Rogan

By Declan Bogue

The Derry county board ratified their county managers for the 2015 season at a meeting last night.

The main change was Tom McLean taking over from Ger Rogan as senior hurling manager. Dunloy man McLean had been selector for the last few years under Rogan and he will also take over at under-21 level, as Derry bid to make strides in the Christy Ring Cup.

"I would like to thank Derry GAA for giving me the opportunity to manage the senior hurling team, and I look forward to the challenge with great enthusiasm," he commented.

"I have been part of the Derry hurling set-up for the past three years in a coaching capacity, and have a lot of respect for a great group of young men and really enjoy working with them.

"I hope to freshen things up by bringing new faces to both the management team and the panel. I would ask for full support from all Derry clubs, players and supporters to help us to fulfil the potential in Derry hurling."

Sean McGuckin will stay in the management team as assistant manager.

Stephen O'Kane of Swatragh will look after the minor hurlers while Damian McErlean of Magherafelt will take charge of the county minor footballers.

Paul McIver – a selector with the senior footballers and son of senior manager Brian McIver –will take over the under-21 footballers, following on from Paddy Crozier.

McIver has previously managed Dromore in County Tyrone and is highly-rated in coaching circles.

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