Thursday 21 March 2019

Deegan takes over as Crokes senior manager

Conor Deegan. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Conor Deegan. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

CONOR DEEGAN has been named senior football manager of Kilmacud Crokes with immediate effect following the departure of Hugh Kenny from the Glenalbyn club.

Deegan, who stepped down from a similar position at nearby Ballyboden St Enda's at the weekend, will be a popular appointment at Crokes given the strong ties he holds there following a successful playing career for Kilmacud.

The winner of two All-Irelands in 1991 and 1994, Deegan oversaw Ballyboden's run to the Dublin SFC semi-final this year, including a second round win over Kilmacud, where they fell to eventual winners St Vincent's.

Crokes, who last tasted championship success back in 2010, have suffered a relatively lean period of late but will hope that Deegan's arrival will herald a positive return for a club that has amassed seven senior titles since their maiden triumph in 1992.

"We are delighted to welcome Conor back to Kilmacud where he will lead a management team made up of former Kilmacud Crokes senior footballers and we wish Conor and all his team every success over the coming years," said Kilmacud Crokes football chairman Seán Fox.

Deegan, who won a senior football championship and a Division 1 league title during his playing days in Kilmacud will have the benefit of John Costello, Michael Jones, Michael Leahy and Declan Clancy as team selectors for an initial two-year period.

The appointment continues a busy close season behind the scenes with St Brigid's (Tony McEntee), Na Fianna ('Pillar' Caffrey) and Parnell's (Michael McDermott) among the top flight teams that have announced new managers over the past fortnight.

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