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Key changes in Tyrone club management

THE managerial merry-go-round is spinning on its axis and there have already been some significant changes at the highest echelons of Tyrone club football.

Killyclogher, for one, are searching for a new manager as Dominic Corrigan has stepped down in the wake of their Senior Championship final defeat to Coalisland.

Corrigan steered Killyclogher to the O’Neill Cup in the first year of his tenure back in 2016 with a resounding replay win over Na Fianna, who gained revenge for that particular defeat in this year’s blue ribbon event.

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Paddy Crozier has stepped aside after a two-year stint at St Enda’s, the obvious highlight being last season’s run to senior championship honours. Their title defence was nipped in the bud by neighbours Killyclogher in the last-eight, while his last competitive match as manager was their recent Division One final defeat to Errigal Ciaran.

A successor is yet to be appointed but it would appear that St Enda’s have a ready-made replacement in Carl McCabe, a former Omagh captain who also tasted success at his adopted club St Gall’s, Belfast.

Meanwhile, former Tyrone star Colm McCullagh has been appointed as Dromore manager for the new season. He had already managed the team on a temporary basis since Ciaran Meenagh stepped down in the wake of their championship defeat to Coalisland, but the Herald can confirm he will be at the helm for the 2019 season.

Carrickmore have a new management team, and once again they have opted for an in-house appointment. Ryan Daly and Noel Hurson, who were involved in Armagh Harps unexpected senior championship triumph in 2017, are understood to have replaced Raymond Munroe. Daly is a highly rated coach who has been involved with Tyrone Academy squads and will be hoping to successfully navigate a tricky transition period at Carmen.

League winners Errigal Ciaran are believed to have stayed put with their five-man management team of Pascal Canavan, Tiffy Quinn, Joe Canavan, Ciaran Harte and Fionntain Devlin, while senior championship semi-finalists Ardboe will be managed again by Gavin Wylie and Noel O’Neill.

Damian O’Hagan is expected to stay on as Coalisland boss after leading the team to the senior championship title in his latest stint as boss, while Clonoe will be spearheaded by Niall O’Neill, Shane McCann and Tommy Corr.

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