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Paddy Tally out of Down frame as Dominic Corrigan rules out Fermanagh return

St Mary's manager Paddy Tally
Andy Watters

PADDY Tally will not be joining the Down backroom team.

The Irish News understands that the former Tyrone and Derry assistant – who was a valued member of James McCartan’s backroom team for the run to the All-Ireland final in 2010 – has turned down the chance to join manager Eamonn Burns in the Mourne management set-up.

Tally, a highly-respected coach and manager who guided St Mary’s University College, Belfast to the Sigerson Cup earlier this year, is unable to commit the time the role would demand.

Meanwhile, Dominic Corrigan has ruled himself out of a return to the Fermanagh management hotseat.

Former Erne star Corrigan was an early favourite to replace Pete McGrath but has decided to devote his energy to club football. Corrigan is currently managing Tyrone club Killyclogher and the Michael’s, Enniskillen teacher guided the St Mary’s outfit to the O’Neill Cup in his first season in charge. He is concentrating on the defence of the title.

With Corrigan out of the frame, the frontrunners are former Fermanagh player  Rory Gallagher, former Monaghan, Meath and Wexford boss Seamus McEnaney and Martin Greene, manager of county champions Derrygonnelly.

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