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McWilliams tipped to keep good times rolling at Slaughtneil


By John Campbell

One of the GAA's master tutors is backing Terence McWilliams not only to prove himself a worthy successor to Mickey Moran as manager of Slaughtneil but to renew a vibrant spirit within Derry.

John Morrison, who has managed Armagh and Antrim in the past and worked with Moran when he was in charge of Donegal, Derry, Mayo and Leitrim, is convinced that the Oak Leaf and Ulster champions have made the right move in opting for McWilliams.

The Kilrea man, well known throughout the province because of his role as coaching development officer with the Ulster Council, acknowledges he has a hard act to follow but believes he can stamp his own imprint on Slaughtneil's style of play.

And Morrison, who has conducted Level 1 and Level 2 coaching series along with McWilliams, believes that the latter's dedicated approach and strong personality will help him keep Slaughtneil very much to the fore.

"I think Slaughtneil have chosen well," observed Morrison. "Terence is a font of knowledge, he is also very insightful and he will give the job everything.

"He will know for sure that he is following in the footsteps of a hard act but he is certainly not the kind of person who is easily intimidated. I can see him making great progress with the side.

"He has a very direct approach to everything that he does, he's not airy-fairy. He simply knows what he wants and the big thing is he is very willing to fulfil his role with Slaughtneil. He won't go in with inflated expectations because that's not his way.

"He will see himself as starting from scratch and will try to do things his way without setting high expectations."

And Morrison firmly believes that Slaughtneil can continue their winning ways.

"There is no doubt that Slaughtneil are capable of continuing to reign supreme in Derry and Ulster," he added.

"There is an impression abroad that the clash of seasons between club and county football in Derry has caused problems in the past. Sensible planning between the two camps could alleviate such difficulties as has been the case between the three codes in the Slaughtneil club over the course of the past four years."

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