There was further movement on the GAA inter-county management merry-go-round last night after Damian McErlain was appointed the new manager of the Derry senior football team on a three year term.
McErlain is currently manager of the hugely successful Oak leaf minor side and has guided them to an All-Ireland final showdown with the Kingdom on September 17th in Croke Park.
As recently as Sunday last the Ulster County registered a stunning victory over Dublin in the All-Ireland minor semi-final.
McErlain replaces Damian Barton, who stepped down after two years in the job following the extra-time qualifier loss to Mayo in MacHale Park.
The new look Derry management team will include Killian Conlan, Gavin McGeechan and Barry Gillis.
In a statement released by Derry GAA yesterday evening, McErlain said he was honoured to be offered the role and expressed faith on the talent in the county.
“On behalf of myself and the management team, we are delighted and honoured to be entrusted with working with our county’s senior footballers for the next three years.
“We are massively looking forward to working with the county’s best players and the other stakeholders involved in creating the environment to fulfil the potential that’s within Derry football.
“We know the talent that exists within the county and we’ve developed three strong minor teams to further bolster that. We now need to ensure that we have the right environment for the players to develop further.”
In further GAA news, the Donegal defender and 2012 Footballer of the Year, Karl Lacey has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Lacey’s inter-county career spun over 14 seasons and in 2012 when he was part of Jim McGuinness’s side that defeated Mayo in the All-Ireland final.
Following that success Lacey was named Footballer of the Year. In a hugely successful career he won three Ulster titles with Donegal in 2011, 2012, and 2014. His last game for Donegal was against Galway in the All Ireland football qualifiers.