All change for Crokes

by Stephen Findlater

IT’S ALL change at Kilmacud Crokes as double All-Ireland winner Conor Deegan has stepped down as manager of the club’s senior footballers while Crokes’ man Johnny Magee is set to be ratified as Wicklow manager.

Deegan finishes for business earlier this week with a club statement paying tribute to the manager for his work since taking on the role in 2013.

They recently bowed out of the Senior B championship at the hands of UCD while they have one game left in AFL1 against St Maur’s but likely to finish just outside the top four playoff places.

“Conor has been a very popular figure around the club since he joined back in the 1990s.

“Generous of spirit, a skilled coach, he has given his time and expertise to all areas of the club.

“Although his departure comes towards the end of a trying season for the first team, his reputation in the club remains intact.”

Sean Fox, chairman of the club’s football committee, took the opportunity to thank him “for his efforts with the senior team and everything he has contributed to the club overs the years and looks forward to his return, like any other former member, who has made such a contribution”.

Mick Leahy, Mick Jones, Declan Clancy and John Costello will also step away from working with the panel with Fox hailing them as “great club men who stood up to be counted in 2013 to try to take this club back to where it belongs in county finals and looked forward to their continued efforts.”

Meanwhile, Johnny Magee – part of the club’s most recent All-Ireland club championship victory in 2009 – will take on his first appointment as an intercounty manager.

He takes over from Harry Murphy, a former Kilmacud senior manager, having been part of the management team as a selector last year.

Magee enjoyed a 10-year intercounty career as a player with Dublin and is highly decorated with Kilmacud Crokes with who he won four Dublin championship, three Leinster Championship and that All-Ireland in 2009. He is set to be ratified at the Wicklow county board’s next meeting.

On the hurling side, Kilmacud are gearing up for a huge semi-final date with southside rivals Ballyboden St Enda’s on Saturday evening at 5pm in Parnell Park, looking to put paid to the Firhouse Road club’s bid for seven titles in eight years.

The winner will go on to play either St Jude’s or O’Toole’s in the final of the competition.

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