Denis Connerton returns as Longford senior football manager

PADRAIC O’BRIEN

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PADRAIC O’BRIEN

Denis Connerton on the line for Longford Slashers, pictured along with Ozzie Hackett.
The appointment of Rathcline clubman Denis Connerton to succeed Jack Sheedy as the manager of the Longford senior football squad was ratified at a County Board meeting last night (Thursday).

The appointment of Rathcline clubman Denis Connerton to succeed Jack Sheedy as the manager of the Longford senior football squad was ratified at a County Board meeting last night (Thursday).

It is a second stint in charge for Slashers supremo Connerton, who was previously at the helm from 2002 to 2004 when he guided the county to promotion to Division 1 A of the National League, the highlight of which was a famous win over Kerry at Pearse Park.

Ciaran Fox (Sean Connolly’s), who coached the Longford minors to Leinster Championship glory in 2010, links up with Connerton in the new senior regime as the assistant manager.

The selectors are Enda Macken, currently the manager of his native club Dromard, and Derek Ryan (Longford Slashers). Ryan worked alongside Connerton with Slashers when three county senior championship titles were won in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Barry Horgan (Dublin) is retained in the role for next season following his involvement with previous Longford manager Jack Sheedy in 2014 and 2015.

Frank McNamee (Fr Manning Gaels) has been reappointed the manager of the Longford under 21 football squad for a second season in charge.

The other under 21 mentors are Ciaran Fox, Gareth Johnston, Rathcline and Karl Dermody, Mullinalaghta - the same management team that took charge this year.

After guiding the Longford minors to this year’s Leinster Championship final and All-Ireland quarter-final,Tony Devlin (Clonguish) is back as the U-18 county manager for 2016.

Ray Gavin (Westmeath) remains the manager of the Longford senior hurlers for a second season, after taking over from Frank Browne this year and who is now looking forward to the 2016 campaign.