Laverty succeeds McCartan as new Down senior football boss

August 09, 2022

Conor Laverty

Conor Laverty has taken over the reins as Down’s new senior football manager.

The Kilcoo attacker succeeds James McCartan in the role, who stepped down from his post last month after a second stint with the team.

Included in Laverty’s backroom team are former All-Star Marty Clarke and Declan Morgan, with further member to be added to the set-up at a later stage.

Having worked as a selector under Seamus McEnaney in 2020, last year saw Laverty leading Down to Ulster U20 glory and he is set to remain on his role as the Mourne County’s U20 boss going forward.

"Down GAA has appointed Conor Laverty as the new manager of the senior football team," read a statement.

"At a meeting of the County Committee on Monday evening, the former county star forward and All-Ireland club-winning captain was ratified for the position.

"His management team will include Marty Clarke and Declan Morgan [a further member will be added to the management team later].

"Conor will also continue as U20 manager, a position he was appointed to in December 2020. He guided Down to a provincial title at this grade in his first year in the role.

"A full U20 management will be confirmed at a later date, with Darragh O'Hanlon (Kilcoo) and Conor Gilmore (St John's) continuing in their roles."

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