McCartan IS GOING NOWHERE
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
CALLS for James McCartan to be re-instated as Down Senior Football manager are a waste of breath as Wee James has two years left on the three-year agreement, which was passed by the Down County Board last season.
McCartan and his backroom team of Niall Moyna and Jerome Johnson will also be back next season.
Friday's Irish News printed an article from the Down Supporters Club urging the Down County Board to re-appoint McCartan, but neither the supporters nor paper need waste their ink as McCartan is Down's manager for another two seasons.
Co Board Secretary Sean Og McAteer said that McCartan and his backroom team have held meetings to discuss the best way forward for Down next season and that Wee James has another two years to run on the agreement, which was reached last year.
Down had a disappointing season, having been relegated from a tough Division One of the National League before showing some promise by defeating Derry and running Donegal close in the Ulster Championship, only to lose to the Oak Leaf County in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.
However, players such as Saval's Niall Madine, Mayobridge's Keith Quinn, Warrenpoint's Ryan Boyle and Ryan Mellon, Bryansford's Danny Savage and Kilcoo's Jerome Johnston came to prominence last season, gaining vital Championship experience and they should play a major role and bringing Down back to challenging for silverware.
Eamon Burns will also remain as manager of the Mourne U21 team, although like last season McCartan will also take an interest in the U21 team.
With Bryansford manager Pete McGrath focusing on the Down Senior Club quarter-finals, the Minor management position in the Mourne County is yet to be resolved.
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