LINDEN IS NEW KILLEAVY BOSS
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
DOWN legend Mickey Linden has been tasked with making Killeavy a footballing force in Armagh after being appointed the club's senior team manager.
Linden replaces Gary Thornton, who was with the senior panel for two years and brought the club their first senior trophy in 26 years when they won the Atty Hearty Cup in 2012.
As a player, Mickey has an outstanding record - two All-Ireland's, an All Star and Footballer of the Year in 1994 and eight Down Championships with Mayobridge.
He won two of those county titles as player/manager and has also worked alongside Pete McGrath to help Down to Ulster U21 titles in 2008 and 2009.
In the intervening years Linden managed his neighbouring club Drumgath with some success, winning the Down Division Three title, and last season he was the boss of Newry city side Shamrocks where he helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Down Intermediate Club Championship.
Linden is well known for his commitment to the game and will bring a wealth of knowledge and personal charisma to the post.
The south Armagh club issued a statement of delight on Linden's appointment.
“It is a tremendously exciting appointment for the club and the Executive Committee are to be congratulated for their vision and perseverance in ensuring that they have secured a manager of Mickey's standing and credibility in the game.
“In welcoming Mickey to the club, it is only right that we should pay fulsome tribute to his predecessor Gary Thornton. Gary was with the senior panel for two years and should be tremendously proud of his achievements.
“A supreme man manager, his belief in his players was rewarded by Killeavy's first senior trophy for 26 years. Unfortunately, an increase in his work commitments has made it impossible for him to continue in the role and the whole club would like to thank him for his incredible tenure and wishes him every success in the future."
Killeavy's Steven McDonnell played his last game for the club earlier this season before accepting the post of Armagh U21 manager, but Linden inherits a talented young squad with James Donnelly, Conor King, Caolan Treanor among some of the best players within the county.
After winning the Intermediate Championship two season's ago, it was expected that Killeavy would mount a challenge to Crossmaglen's dominance, but a number of injuries along with players working and studying overseas left Killeavy struggling in the Senior League and they made no impact in the Armagh Senior Club Championship.
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