Benny Coulter no longer part of Down management team as pair come on board
FORMER Down star Benny Coulter has stepped away from his role with the Mourne County, while two of his former team-mates have been brought on board by Paddy Tally.
Alongside Coulter, Michael Walsh and Mark Doran were both members of the Down minor side that swept to the 1999 All-Ireland title before progressing to the senior ranks.
They come into Tally’s backroom team alongside Gavin McGilly and Stephen Beattie.
Coulter, a coaching development officer in the county, was drafted in by Tally after taking up the reins last year.
The Mayobridge ace was leading the line during Tally’s previous involvement with the Mourne County, having worked under Ross Carr in 2009 and James McCartan in 2010.
Looking ahead to next year, the Mournemen are under no illusions about the task that lies ahead in 2020 after the GAA’s Special Congress rubber-stamped a Tier Two Championship at the weekend.
Down missed out on promotion to Division Two on the final day of the National Football League this year, and the Championship restructure ensures it will be a race to the top for all the counties in Division Three.
Should Down fail to secure promotion this time around, they would have to reach an Ulster final to avoid dropping into next summer’s inaugural - and as yet unnamed - tier two competition.