Ernesiders go for O'Neill

Ernesiders go for O'Neill

John O'Neill has been installed as Fermanagh's new senior football manager, taking over from Malachy O'Rourke who stepped down in July.

O'Neill's appointment was rubberstamped at a meeting of the Fermanagh Executive Committee last night.

The Lisnaskea Emmetts clubman was a selector under Charlie Mulgrew for two years when he was in charge of Fermanagh, and previously managed the county's minor and Under-21 sides.

His backroom team includes assistant manager Sid Mulrone from Devenish and Enniskillen's Simon Bradley, who will come on board as trainer.

Speaking to the Irish News, O'Neill said: "We're the only Ulster county playing Division 4 football next year, which is not an ideal situation, but I'd be hopeful Fermanagh can do well.

"I remember watching Fermanagh beating Down two years ago and we all know how well Down got on this year.

"So, I'd be greatly encouraged by the fact that a lot of those players are still around the county team."

In 2007, O'Rourke's first year at the helm, Fermanagh were promoted to Division 2 of the National League and reached their first Ulster SFC final in 26 years.

But there has been little sign of progression since then as the Ernesiders endured successive relegations and some less-than-impressive Championship campaigns.

Fermanagh's 2010 Championship run began on a high note with a first SFC win over Cavan in 96 years, but Monaghan cut short their Anglo-Celt Cup hopes and Armagh proved too strong in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

More in this Section

Neil Warnock leaves Cardiff by mutual consentNeil Warnock leaves Cardiff by mutual consent

'Why are we changing again?': Michael Murphy critical of GAA's rules tinkering'Why are we changing again?': Michael Murphy critical of GAA's rules tinkering

Banned coach Alberto Salazar appeals to CASBanned coach Alberto Salazar appeals to CAS

Daniel James enjoying challenges of life in the Premier League fast laneDaniel James enjoying challenges of life in the Premier League fast lane


Helen O’Callaghan on the dangers of products high in caffeine.The dangers of energy drinks full of sugar

When bride-to-be Alma Clohessy enlisted her mother Rita’s help in planning her wedding, they made the most of every precious moment together.Wedding of the Week: 'It was the best, yet most emotional day of my life'

As you may be aware, new rules around motor insurance documentation have been introduced. The rules are aimed at improving transparency for consumers but a broker is warning they may have unintended consequences and could cause some confusion among policy holders.Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

When Peter Ryan lost 90% of his vision in his early 20s, his readjustment was emotionally painful, but maturing, says Helen O’CallaghanA new way of seeing the world: Peter Ryan talks about losing 90% of his sight in his early 20s

More From The Irish Examiner