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Denis Connerton brings to an end his second stint as Longford manager

Connerton led Longford to their first Leinster semi-final in 30 years earlier this summer.

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AFTER A SECOND stint in charge which spanned three years and saw Longford reach their first Leinster semi-final in 30 years earlier this summer, Denis Connerton has stepped down as the county’s senior football manager.

Selectors Ciaran Fox and Enda Macken have also stepped down.

Longford ended their wait for a single win in the Leinster Championship when they dumped out Meath at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park back in May, and they weren’t far off another Leinster scalp in the qualifiers, losing by three points to Kildare in round two – Connerton’s final game in charge.

His reign also bore a famous All-Ireland qualifier elimination of Monaghan in 2016.

During his first reign between 2002 and 2004, Connerton steered Longford to Division 1 of the National Football League, and they were unfortunate to miss out on ascension to Division 2 this time around: they finished just two points behind Armagh and Fermanagh, both of whom were promoted.

In a statement first published by the Longford Leader, Connerton said:

“After taking time to discuss my future with my wife, friends and management team I have decided to resign from my position as Longford senior football manager.

It has been an honour to manage my home county and as I leave I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for all the players who have represented Longford with pride and passion over the last three years. I wish to thank them for their commitment and dedication during that time.

“I also wish to extend my most sincere gratitude to all of my backroom team over the past three years. Their dedication and professionalism and advice has been invaluable to me.

“I wish to thank our main sponsors, Glennon Brothers for the terrific support and encouragement extended to me at all times.

“To our dedicated supporters who have had to travel near but mostly far to support our team I say a huge thank you.

“Finally I want to thank Longford County Board for the help and courtesy afforded to me on so many occasions.”

“Best wishes – Denis Connerton”

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