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Galway's defensive mastermind Paddy Tally appointed new Down manager

Tyrone native was a key part of Kevin Walsh’s backroom team this season.

Tally: sensational Sigerson with St Mary's in 2017.
Tally: sensational Sigerson with St Mary's in 2017.
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PADDY TALLY HAS been ratified as the new Down senior football manager, it was confirmed on Thursday night.

The Tyrone native, who was a key part of Kevin Walsh’s Galway backroom team this season, will replace Eamonn Burns ahead of the new campaign.

One of the most respected football coaches in the country, Tally was hailed for his work on Galway’s defensive shape and structure as the Tribesmen reached the Division 1 league final and the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2018, losing to Dublin on both occasions.

He previously worked with Tyrone and Derry, as well as with St Mary’s University, Belfast.

He returns to the Down footballers following his earlier involvement in 2010 under James McCartan when the county were beaten All-Ireland finalists against Cork.

Tally was first brought into the Tyrone set-up by Mickey Harte in 2003 as trainer, with his work helping the Red Hand to their historic first All-Ireland title.

In 2017, he managed St Mary’s to a sensational Sigerson Cup win — the college’s first since 1989 — with victory over red-hot favourites UCD in the final.

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