Erne The Respect

An All-Ireland senior winner 23 years ago and set for a role as manager again in 2018

Pete McGrath is staying on as Fermanagh senior boss.

IT’S 23 YEARS since he guided Down to the All-Ireland senior title for the second time during his tenure but Pete McGrath is again set to take the managerial reins at inter-county level in 2018.

Pete McGrath Fermanagh football manager Pete McGrath. Presseye / John McVitty/INPHO Presseye / John McVitty/INPHO / John McVitty/INPHO

It was confirmed last night by Fermanagh GAA that the Down native will again be at the helm for the Erne County in 2018.

Fermanagh’s 2017 championship campaign ended recently at the hands of Armagh in the qualifiers after they had previously bowed out of the Ulster championship when they were defeated by Monaghan.

They endured a difficult season after they suffered relegation from Division 2 on the last day of the league and will ply their trade in the third tier next spring.

Staying on at the helm next season will prolong an inter-county management career that began back in 1989 when McGrath took over in Down.

Pete McGrath 1994 Pete McGrath celebrates Down's All-Ireland win in 1994. INPHO INPHO

He steered the county to Ulster and All-Ireland senior titles in 1991 and 1994 before taking over Fermanagh in the winter of 2013.

Two years ago McGrath steered Fermanagh to the last eight stage of the All-Ireland senior football championship, where they lost out to the eventual kingpins Dublin.

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