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Former Derry boss Brian McIver relishing new challenge as director of football for county

By John Campbell

Former Derry football boss Brian McIver is facing what he regards as the biggest challenge of his sporting career.

McIver, who surrendered the Oak Leafs reins following the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Galway in July, is taking up the new post of Director of Football within the county.

It's an initiative that the county board hope will reap benefits in the future for a side that has not won the Ulster title since 1998 nor the All-Ireland crown since 1993.

McIver is embracing the challenge with his customary enthusiasm and believes that there is a deep reservoir of talent that can be harnessed to bring success.

"I have always maintained that there are a lot of good players in Derry and I believe that my new role is very much player focused and that's what pleases me most," said McIver.

"Players are the most important commodity within the GAA and I have always enjoyed working with them. This is a whole new challenge for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in the future development of the county."

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While Derry have struggled at senior championship level and were relegated to Division Two in the Allianz League earlier in the year, the county reached this year's All-Ireland Minor final.

"The development of players for the long-term is a high priority and it's important that they get the opportunity to be the best they can," said McIver. "This can be done by providing the best facilities, coaches and structures.

"My brief will be to oversee the development of players and coaches and to help develop a consistent approach to preparations and performance at all age levels."

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