Tuesday, 17 October 2017

DOWN HAVE THEIR MAN. thumbnailGearoid Adams

DOWN players appear to have got their man after former Antrim manager Gearoid Adams has been appointed as part of the county's senior football back-room.

The Democrat understands that at the end of season debriefing players were asked if they would like a change in the management set-up and who they would have in mind.

Adams was manager with Clonduff in 2015, where current Down captain Darren O'Hagan, his brother Barry and fellow Down panellist Aidan Carr flourished.

He was highly regarded by the Clonduff players and they were sad to see him leave, although the following season Ross Carr guided the Yellas to a Down Senior Club Final.

Adams looked destined to continue into a third term with his native county but he walked away after the Antrim County Board insisted on interviews and so it was quick thinking by the Down GAA management committee to approach and secure his services.

Adams is known for his tactical ability, is a good motivator and will hope to build on confidence built within the Mourne County this season.

An Ulster Championship win over rivals Armagh in Pairc Esler followed by an Ulster semi-final win over Monaghan was a massive step in the right direction and the experience of playing in an Ulster Final will stand to this relatively young team.

Down finished their season in Croke Park, which can be the desire of any team outside Mayo and Dublin.

Couple that with having secured divisional status, thanks to Jerome Johnston's last-gasp equaliser against Cork, the Mourne men will be targeting promotion to Division One of the Allianz National League next season, where their season starts off against a familiar face as Pete McGrath's Louth host his native county Down on Sunday, January 28.

The Mourne men only have three games at Pairc Esler in the National League next season, against Cork, Tipperary and Clare, but will again finish the campaign on the road against Meath, on Sunday, March 25.


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