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Derry have appointed one of their only All-Ireland winners as county's new footballboss

Don’t worry, it’s not Joe Brolly.

Barton in action against Dublin in the 1993 semi-final.
Barton in action against Dublin in the 1993 semi-final.
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FORMER ALL-IRELAND winner Damian Barton has been ratified as Derry’s new football manager.

Barton, a half-forward in the county’s famous All-Ireland title winning side of 1993 was officially confirmed as the new boss at last night’s meeting of the County Committee.

Barton will start a two year term immediately, taking over from Brian McIver, who stepped down following their All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Galway in July.

The 53-year-old is yet to confirm his backroom team, but says he’s excited to be given the honour of managing his county.

“I’m honoured to accept the responsibility that goes with this role. I regard it as a privilege and a challenge which I am very much looking forward to.”

A statement from the county board said they were delighted to be bringing one of the county’s most respected football men into the intercounty set-up.

“A highly respected All-Ireland winner with Derry in 1993, Damian Barton brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the position, as well as an in-depth knowledge of Derry football.

“On behalf of all members, supporters and patrons of Derry GAA, we warmly welcome Damian and wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Barton has previous experience managing several club sides in the county, winning two county titles early in his coaching career with Ballinderry in the late 1990s.

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