Monan steps Down as Mourne manager
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
DOWN'S Gerard Monan has stepped down as hurling manager having guided the county to silverware last season.
Monan was in charge for five seasons having guided Down to Christy Ring Cup success last year.
Down County Board chairman Seamus Walsh praised Monan while the former manager said it was an honor to manage the hurlers in red and black.
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to hold this position since my appointment in 2009," said Monan.
“The highlights for me were working with such talented players within the County and winning the Christy Ring Cup in 2013 to bring only the second All-Ireland Hurling title to Down.
“I had hoped that we could have gone on to build on this achievement but circumstances dictated that this did not happen. To manage or play for your county is the biggest honour one can achieve and going forward I encourage all aspiring Down hurlers to seize the moment and have pride in representing your county.
“I want to thank all those who played in the Down jersey over the last five seasons and those great people who were part of the management and backroom teams. They made my job much easier and all the more worthwhile.
“I also want to thank the County Board who gave me the honour of managing my County and were always helpful in ensuring that the facilities and resources were in place."
Down chairman Walsh said: "Thanks to Gerard for all of his efforts as Down Senior hurling team manager over the past five years. The highlight for us all was the Christy Ring Cup win in 2013 and was a just reward for the efforts of Gerard and his management team.
“At all times Gerard was an excellent representative for Down and a man who we were very proud to have as our manager. We wish Gerard and his family every success in the future."
The situation leaves Down looking a manager for their Senior footballers and hurlers ahead of next season.
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