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All-Ireland club champs Ballyboden turn to ex-Dublin player O'Brien as new manager

John O’Brien is the new man at the helm.

Ballyboden St-Enda's celebrating last March's All-Ireland final win.
Ballyboden St-Enda's celebrating last March's All-Ireland final win.
Image: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

ALL-IRELAND CLUB champions Ballyboden St-Enda’s have turned to former Dublin footballer John O’Brien as their new manager.

Andy McEntee has taken over as the new Meath senior football boss and brought his spell with the Dublin club to an end with this week’s Division 1 football league final victory.

O’Brien has previously represented Dublin at minor, U21 and senior level before having stints coaching Dublin IT and Meath club Curraha.

In 2015 he steered Curraha to Meath and Leinster junior football titles before they lost out to Kerry’s Templenoe at the All-Ireland semi-final stage last January.

Ballyboden won the Dublin and Leinster senior crowns last year before going on to add the All-Ireland title last spring with victories over Clonmel Commercials and Castlebar Mitchels.

Their reign in Dublin was ended this year at the second round stage by Kilmacud Crokes.

“Following the selection of Andy McEntee as the Meath senior manager, we completed a thorough process to find a suitable successor,” stated Ballyboden football chairman Eoin Dunne.

“Of all of the candidates that were considered, John emerged as a young, dynamic and ambitious manger, who we believe has the right skills and qualities to lead the Ballyboden St Enda’s senior football team in the coming years.

John O'Brien John O'Brien in action for Dublin in the O'Byrne Cup Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

 

“We want to build upon our recent successes, and we also want ensure that we achieve the full potential of the considerable playing talent that is available in our club and we are excited at the prospect of working with John to do just that.”

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