By Michael McMullan
NO dialogue has taken place on Ronan Devlin returning as manager of Cargin next year.
The Antrim champions bowed out of the Ulster scene in a tight encounter against Glen with Danny Tallon’s late penalty sealing the deal in Sunday’s semi-final.
Devlin was part of Damian Cassidy’s successful management teams before taking on the manager role this year, with Fabian Muldoon and Kevin Doyle on board.
After winning their 11th county title, the goal was to “make a dent” in Ulster after previously failing to get over the first round, but Devlin has confirmed no decision has been made about the 2023 season.
It will be more of the same with 2021 champions Creggan after Gerard McNulty confirmed he will be staying on as manager for a fourth season with his brother Thomas.
He came on board under former manager Kevin Madden and stayed on, guiding the Kickhams to glory in 2021, the club’s first senior title in 67 years.
They lost their grip on the McNamee Cup after extra-time in this year’s semi-final with Tomás McCann popping over a late winner for the eventual champions.
There will be no change in Madden’s native Portglenone where John McKeever has returned for a second season with the Casements, hoping to bridge the gap to the elusive first senior championship.
They were the box seat against Aghagallon in last season’s semi-final before shipping a late, late goal.
Aghagallon, runners up in the last two seasons, are in the hunt for a new manager after Audi Kelly stepped down at the end of the season.