Familiar face returns to senior inter-county management in Leinster

Longford have confirmed their new football boss.

Denis Connerton is back at the helm in Longford.
Denis Connerton is back at the helm in Longford.
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LONGFORD HAVE CONFIRMED the appointment of Denis Connerton as their senior football manager for 2016.

Connerton, a Rathcline clubman, returns for his second spell in charge to replace Jack Sheedy, who stepped down recently after two seasons at the helm.

Under Sheedy in 2015, Longford were comprehensively beaten by Dublin in the Leinster quarter-finals, having overcome Offaly in the opening round.

In the qualifiers, wins against Carlow and Clare were followed by a heavy defeat to Kildare which spelled the end of their championship campaign.

Connerton previously served as Longford manager for three years between 2002 and 2004, the highlights of which included championship victories against Down (’02) and Monaghan (’04) in the qualifiers.

He also guided the county to Division 1A of the National Football League and a famous win over Kerry during his time in charge.

Ciaran Fox, who led Longford to the Leinster minor title in 2010, will serve as Connerton’s assistant, with Enda Macken, Derek Ryan and Barry Horgan also forming part of the backroom team.

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