It has come as a bit of a shock considering that most of the country had already reckoned on the re-appointment of Adrian Clarke to the Carrickmore manager’s position but news broke today that former Omagh St. Endas and Tyrone senior player Kieran Mc Bride will manage the 2010 beaten championship finalists this year. The Omagh based school teacher was confirmed in the post at a club meeting on Friday night and he will be assisted in his role by Noel Slane and Eamon Martin with a yet unnamed fourth member expected to join the management team.
The Omagh native was one of the favourites to replace Raymond Munroe as Tyrone minor manager but lost out to Micky Donnelly for that post. He has been heavily involved in coaching and managing at Omagh CBS and with teaching colleague Noel Donnelly guided “The Brothers” to a Mac Rory and Hogan Cup double a few years ago. Kieran finished his playing career with Carrickmore having moved to live there a number of years ago and he will certainly relish the opportunity to restore his side to the top position in club football in Tyrone.
While Carrickmore have confirmed their new man in charge for this season it appears that one of the teams they defeated in last year’s championship run Killyclogher, is still seeking someone to take the hotseat in Ballinamullen. Enda Kilpatrick has managed them for the past two years and was expected to continue in post this year. However the players were informed at a team meeting on Friday night last that the Pomeroy man had decided not to take up the offer of a third year in charge.