Club management news from the Armagh football scene

By Shaun Casey

Crossmaglen manager Stephen Kernan will lead the Rangers once again and he will hope 2022 signals third time lucky.

Cross have lost back-to-back senior finals for the first time since 1944 but remain one of the best teams in the county.

Former Portglenone boss Barry Dillon takes over 2018 and ‘19 finalists Ballymacnab, who suffered relegation to Division 1B last year.

Clann Eireann have announced their new management team for the upcoming season.

Former player Ruairi Lavery takes over from the outgoing Tommy Coleman, who led the Lurgan based side to Senior Championship glory for the first time in 58 years.

Pearse Ogs were relegated along with the Nab and former player Conor Clarke will wear the bainisteoir bib this season.

A championship winner in 2009, Clarke stepped in as manager mid-season last summer after Shane McConville stepped aside.

Granemore will be led by Niall McAleenan for the upcoming season while John Kennedy remains in charge of 2021 league winners Dromintee.

Ronan McAlinden, who led St Peter’s to Intermediate glory in 2018, takes charge of Grange for the new year, replacing Peter Nugent, who will take his own club Wolfe Tones.

Elsewhere, Benny O’Kane remains in charge of 2017 championship winners Armagh Harps while Diarmaid Marsden leads Clan na Gael into a nine-team Division 1B campaign.

Mickey Grimley secured promotion to the top tier with Madden last season and takes charge once again for 2022.

Killeavy remain one of the hottest prospects in the county, with several county players and a plethora of underage success.

Their season was ended by Crossmaglen in 2020 and ‘21 and they have appointed former Louth boss Wayne Kierans as their new manager.


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