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McEntee and O'Neill walk away from Cross

By John Campbell

Crossmaglen Rangers joint managers Tony McEntee and Gareth O'Neill stepped down from their positions last night.

The duo, along with fitness and conditioning coach Seamus McGeown, brought to an end their three years in charge during which their team delivered three Armagh titles, three Ulster crowns and two All-Ireland honours to extend the greatest sequence of success by any club in the history of the GAA.

Since Rangers exited the All-Ireland championship at the semi-final stage last month to St Brigid's (Roscommon), there has been speculation that a change of management might be in the offing.

Both McEntee and O'Neill played with the club and for Armagh, the former winning an All-Ireland medal in 2002.

Club spokesman Tom McKay explained: "They all have young families and feel they have given as much commitment as they possibly can to what are most certainly demanding roles."

While speculation will now commence as to just who will take over the reins, the club will be in no hurry to make an appointment.

"While the All County League will swing into action, the Armagh Championship does not start for some time and we will not panic," added McKay.

Oisin McConville, who announced his retirement as a player two weeks ago and in doing so expressed an interest in management, might well be a candidate although it is understood that he is keen to take a break from the game in order to spend more time with his family.

"We have had a tremendous run of success and we have been very fortunate with the calibre of the managers we have had.

"Tony and Gareth sit up there along with the very best of them and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude," stated McKay.

"No matter how successful you are you never get complacent and they never allowed the players to take their foot off the pedal.

"Pride is always a big spur in this club and they certainly brought it to the table in spades."

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