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Tony McEntee appointed as St Brigid's (Dublin) football manager

The Blanchardstown club have snagged a big name to replace Gerry McEntee and Mark Byrne.

McEntee: managed Cross to the 2011 and 2012 All-Ireland titles.
McEntee: managed Cross to the 2011 and 2012 All-Ireland titles.
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TONY MCENTEE HAS been named as senior football manager at Dublin club St Brigid’s.

The former Armagh All-Ireland winner takes over from Gerry McEntee and Mark Byrne whose four-year term ended with a win in the Dublin AFL Division 1 final last night.

McEntee famously led his home club Crossmaglen to back-to-back All-Irelands in 2011 and 2012 as well as a hat-trick of county and provincial titles.

But he and co-manager Gareth O’Neill resigned suddenly after Cross’s bid for three-in-a-row came unstuck in 2013.

McEntee’s twin brother John and veteran forward Oisin McConville were appointed this week as managers of the Armagh giants.

“Tony just seemed like a natural fit,” club chairman Billy Quane told this evening.

“When Gerry McEntee and Mark Byrne said they were stepping down, we needed somebody that would build on what they built. Tony McEntee was the first name that came to mind.

When we approached him, to our surprise I suppose, he was only too delighted to come on board. He felt that there was potential in the team and hopefully he can deliver on that.

“It was a surprise to everyone that we appointed him but there weren’t too many choices or options out there that we felt would build on the success that we’ve had over the last few years.

“We’ve a number of good underage teams coming through and with Tony there at the helm, he’ll bring those players through. He’ll bring the whole club on to be quite honest.

“We’re delighted that he accepted the challenge of taking on a team outside his home county. Hopefully between himself and our senior team, we’ll have huge success in the coming years.”

Quane also paid tribute to two “tremendous servants” in Gerry McEntee and Byrne who will remain involved with underage sides at the Blanchardstown club next season.

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