Former Naomh Conaill manager Cathal Corey was last night appointed as the new manager of the Sligo senior football team.
Corey sought the Donegal job this year and had also contested the vacancy in 2014 following Jim McGuinness’s departure. Corey – a nephew of former Donegal boss Brian McIver – was interviewed for the Derry job in 2012.
This year, Corey – from Kildress in County Tyrone – managed Truagh Gaels in Monaghan.
In 2009, alongside Jim McGuinness as joint manager, they took Naomh Conaill to the Donegal SFC final, but lost out to St Eunan.
The following year, when McGuinness left to take over the Donegal Under-21s, Corey stayed on as boss and guided the Glenties club to the Dr Maguire. Naomh Conaill went all the way to the Ulster club final, but were beaten by Crossmaglen.
Since then, he has worked with Ulster University Jordanstown, Slaughtneil and Banagher.
Last night, he was officially confirmed as the new Sligo manager.
A Sligo GAA statement read: “While Cathal has never managed at Inter County level previously,he has a very strong track record in both Tyrone,Derry and Donegal.
“In his early days as a Coach he managed both Slaughtneil and Banagher in Derry.
“He contested the Donegal Senior team Manager job following Jim McGuinness’s retirement from the role and again recently when Declan Bonner was appointed to the role.
“Cathal worked with McGuinness when he Managed Killyclogher in Co.Tyrone and again when he was involved with Naomh Conaill in Donegal.
“In fact Corey won the Donegal title with Naomh Conaill in 2010 and brought them to the Ulster Championship final that year only to be beaten by Crossmaglen.
“Corey will be finalising his backroom team over the coming week as he prepares for both the FBD and National League campaigns and then faces a significant opening National League fixture against Armagh in the Athletic Grounds at the end of January.”Tags: