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Derry board step up hunt for new manager

By John Campbell

Nominations are currently being sought for the post of Derry senior football manager — and this could mean the end of the road for John Brennan.

The Lavey clubman has been in charge for the past two years but at an Executive Committee meeting on Monday night it was decided that clubs should be circulated for nominees.

They have a 10-day period in which to furnish names to county secretary Liam Peoples and then a further meeting of the Executive will be held at which the nominations will be discussed.

A meeting of the county board will then be convened at which a recommendation from the Executive will be presented for ratification as the county manager.

Oak Leaf officials are confident that the process can be completed within the next month unless there are any unforeseen delays.

When Derry exited the All-Ireland series against Longford it brought the curtain down on Brennan’s reign since Oak Leaf team bosses traditionally serve for one year with a review process then being undertaken.

It is understood that Brennan is keen to continue in his managerial role but whether he gets sufficient backing from clubs remains to be seen.

As things stand, the county board has not endorsed an extension of his term and the chances are that a new man will be at the helm for the 2013 season.

“An e-mail has been sent to all club secretaries outlining the county board’s intention to seek nominations and we will await developments over the course of the next 10 days before moving on to the next stage in this procedure,” revealed a Derry spokesman last night.

Meanwhile, the replay of Glenullin’s championship clash with Loup will take place at Glen on Saturday and should prove a magnet for the fans.

Glenullin are managed by current Antrim boss Liam Bradley while Loup are under the baton of Kevin Madden, who gave outstanding service to the Saffrons for many years and was their top scorer for much of that period.

The sides finished all-square last weekend and will now lock horns again for what is certain to be another epic battle.

Ballinderry, meanwhile, have emerged as favourites to lift the Derry crown following their emphatic 4-22 to 0-3 win over Greenlough.

The victory was achieved without Niall McCusker and Dermot Conway which further highlights the strength in depth that Ballinderry currently possess within their ranks.

The combined skills of county players Enda Lynn and Brian McCallion could not prevent Greenlough from taking their embarrassing tumble against a team whose more seasoned campaigners such as Conleith Gilligan, Kevin McGuckin and Enda Muldoon were in irrepressible form throughout.

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