Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Turley Down to take over

Mark Turley could find himself in line to take over as the new manager of the Down-Under 21 side following the resignation of Peter McGrath.

Turley steered Down to the All Ireland Minor title in 2005 when Martin Clarke and James Colgan were the twin pillars of his side and since then has supervised the emergence of a raft of players who now provide considerable hope for the future of the Mourne county.

This year Down were beaten by Armagh in the Ulster Minor final and, despite an outbreak of swine flu which affected most of their players, they still managed to overcome Dublin in the All Ireland quarter-final before losing to Mayo in the semi-final.

Turley, himself a former All Ireland winner at senior level, has proved a more than capable manager and has already laid the foundations for what could prove to be success for the county.

Peter McGrath’s exit has not come as any great surprise. The former All Ireland winning senior boss has been clearly disenchanted with aspects of the Down administration of late and was particularly upset at the manner in which his application to succeed Ross Carr as county senior boss was handled.