Clerkin and McGonigle take over in Buncrana

Following the recent resignation of manager Davy McConnell, it has emerged this week that Sean Clerkin and Paul McGonigle will take temporary charge of both the Buncrana senior and reserve teams.

Paul McGonigle.

Paul McGonigle.

Clerkin, a former Donegal minor manager who guided the team to an Ulster title in 2006, and McGonigle, who was Jim McGuinness’ assistant last year as Donegal won an Ulster title before losing out to Kerry in the All-Ireland final, will be joined by well respected coach Sean Noonan who was already in place as part of McConnell’s backroom team.

Noonan took charge of the team for the last couple of games.

Speaking to the Inishowen Independent this week, Clerkin was eager to point out that this was only a temporary measure. “Myself and Paul will step in for the time being but the plan is still to get a man in permanently, sooner rather then later. We have had discussions with the players and they have suggested a number of names for a possible new manager and we will be approaching these people shortly,” said Clerkin.

Sean Clerkin

Sean Clerkin

When asked about his aims for the rest of this season, Clerkin insisted that it was all about stability for the players. “The reason myself and Paul have come in is to try and bring that wee bit of stability to the whole thing. Things are not going well on the field at the moment and we will obviously be looking to get away from relegation trouble as soon as we can,” he said.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.

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