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McEntee and McConville step down as Crossmaglen turn to ex All-Ireland winner as new boss

Gareth O’Neill is now in charge of the Armagh football giants.

JOHN MCENTEE AND Oisin McConville have stepped down from their position as joint managers of Crossmaglen Rangers in the wake of last month’s AIB All-Ireland semi-final loss to Castlebar Mitchels.

John McEntee and Oison McConville John McEntee and Oisin McConville have stepped down from their posts with Crossmaglen. Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

And Crossmaglen have turned to one of their former All-Ireland winning coaches to be their new manager for the 2016 season.

Gareth O’Neill, who was involved with Tony McEntee, when Crossmaglen lifted the All-Ireland title in 2011 against St Brigid’s and in 2012 against Garrycastle, has now taken over.

McConville and McEntee had steered Crossmaglen to the last two Armagh county senior titles while they saw off Monaghan’s Scotstown last November to win the Ulster championship.

But their hopes of landing a seventh All-Ireland senior club football crown were dashed at the semi-final stage by their Mayo opponents in Kingspan Breffni Park.

McConville may still have a coaching role in the new Crossmaglen setup but it is O’Neill who will be in charge as the club giants.

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