Terence McNaughton to take the reins at St Enda's, Glengormley hurlers
TERENCE McNaughton has agreed to become the new manager of St Enda’s, Glengormley hurling team. It’s the first time the 1991 Antrim Allstar has managed outside of his own club.
McNaughton stepped down from the Antrim joint manager’s position at the end of last season and will take the reins at the Division Two club next month.
“I’ve been invited to the St Enda’s club a number of times for presentation nights over the years and I know quite a few of the people there, and they’re good people. It seems a very well run club and it feels the right time to do it,” McNaughton said.
The Cushendall clubman is familiar with quite a number of the St Enda’s squad including Joe Maskey whom he’s coached in Antrim development squads and more recently the Antrim seniors, while former county hurler Philly Curran is another key player of the squad.
Cormac Ross is another dual player at the Hightown Road club.
Both players will be in action for the footballers in next weekend’s All-Ireland IFC semi-final against An Spideal in Navan.
St Enda’s will face stiff opposition in Division Two this season with the likes of Portaferry and O’Donovan Rossa competing for promotion berths.
McNaughton has coached at virtually every level at Cushendall as well as with Antrim, enjoying two spells with the county seniors alongside Dominic ‘Woody’ McKinley.
In his final year with the Antrim seniors, he became disillusioned with the lack of commitment from some players which hastened his departure after helping the county secure their Joe McDonagh Cup status with a play-off win over Kildare.
Neal Peden and Gary O’Kane were retained in the Antrim managerial set-up for 2019 and are joined by O’Donovan Rossa’s Jimmy Close, Cushendall’s Karl McKeegan and Clare hurling legend and former Dublin manager Anthony Daly.