Leitrim appoint Hagan as new manager

Longford man Sean Hagan has been announced as the new manager of the Leitrim senior footballers, following a special meeting of the County Committee last night.

Leitrim appoint Hagan as new manager

Longford man Sean Hagan has been announced as the new manager of the Leitrim senior footballers, following a special meeting of the County Committee last night.

Hagan was given unanimous approval for a one-year term and will be able to bring in his own selectors, with Leitrim officials already setting a target of promotion from Allianz League Division 4.

His best managerial achievement to date was guiding Kiltubrid to their first Leitrim Senior Championship title in 2005 - they also remain the last Leitrim team to register a win in the Connacht Club Championship (Hagan was in charge when they beat Coolera/Strandhill of Sligo in a provincial quarter-final in October 2005).

Leitrim GAA Chairman Joe Flynn told delegates at last night's meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon: "We had a difficult year and some issues and it took us a long time to finalise this appointment and the Executive unanimously agreed to nominate Sean Hagan for the role of Leitrim senior team manager.

"We now need a unified approach for the coming year, starting with the Executive, and I would ask the clubs to unify behind the new manager and get Leitrim back to where we believe we can be.

"We interviewed seven candidates who showed enthusiasm, a willingness and a capability to manager Leitrim which augers very well for the future of Leitrim football and a number of the candidates may yet be a benefit to us at Under-21 and minor level."

Hagan, now aged 45, lined out for Dromard and Longford during his playing days, winning the O'Byrne Cup with his county in 2000.

He enjoyed league and Championship success as a manager with both Dromard and Kiltubrid and worked as a selector during Denis Connerton's reign as Longford manager.

His latest appointment will see him succeed the managerial duo of Barney Breen and George Dugdale whose two-year term ended with Leitrim's exit from the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers in mid-July - they were hammered at home by Armagh (8-13 to 0-10).

The pair had guided Leitrim to their first ever Connacht FBD League crown back in January, however they finished mid-table in Division 4 and were knocked out of the Connacht Championship at the semi-final stage by London.

Eleven candidates were nominated by clubs for the position of Leitrim boss for 2014, including the outgoing Breen and Dugdale, former Mayo player Michael Moyles, Leitrim's 1994 Connacht title-winning goalkeeper Martin McHugh and ex-Glencar/Manorhamilton and Sligo minor manager Glenn Young.

The list was cut to seven for the interviewing process which was completed on Thursday, and Hagan's name was then put before the County Committee for ratification.

In paying tribute to joint-managers Breen and Dugdale, Flynn added: "Out of respect for the outgoing management, I rang them first with our decision and I want to thank them and express out gratitude for what they have done for Leitrim football and the advances we have made.

"There were other areas that we may not be happy about, but none of us go through life without mistakes."

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