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Jim McCorry soldiers on as Down boss

By Declan Bogue

Down senior football manager Jim McCorry survived a county board vote last night over his future as boss of the Mourne county, with the vote at 22-20 in favour of keeping him on, with a number abstentions.

His role was put in doubt after a stormy county board meeting last Thursday week ago, with a number of heated contributions from the floor following Down's exit from the All-Ireland series in round 1 of the qualifiers to Wexford.

The issue was adjourned to Monday night, with only one item on the Clár (agenda).

The Down under-21 team manager, Frank Dawson, was also retained. However, Shane Mulholland, the minor manager, was relieved of his duties.

Mulholland can consider himself unlucky in the Championship, as his side lost in dramatic circumstances against eventual winners Derry.

In his first season in charge of the Down senior team, McCorry won promotion back to Division One despite losing a number of experienced campaigners from James McCartan's spell.

However, they shipped a heavy loss in the League final to Roscommon. They then lost defender Conaill McGovern to a red card in dramatic circumstances that contributed to their defeat in the Ulster Championship by Derry.

Worse was to come however with defeat to Wexford in the first round of the qualifiers. Since then, a number of former Down players heavily criticised McCorry's regime.

Meanwhile, there will be an Ulster double-header in the All- Ireland Championship on Saturday week in Croke Park, when Tyrone take on Sligo at 4pm, while Donegal face Galway in the main event at 6pm.

Fermanagh take on Westmeath this Saturday at 5pm, in Breffni Park, with a quarter-final against Kerry in Croke Park on August 2 up for grabs.

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