By Michael McMullan
DERRY GAA have ratified Damien McErlain and Martin Boyle as minor and u-20 football managers for the season ahead.
As reported by Gaelic Life, both were proposed for the positions and were confirmed at Tuesday’s meeting of Derry GAA.
Outgoing minor manager Boyle steered the Oakleafers to the 2020 All-Ireland title and last year’s All-Ireland semi-final during his three-year term.
He takes over from Paddy Bradley as u-20 manager with Darren McShane, Stephen McGuigan and James McNicholl also moving up from the minor grade as his management team.
McErlain led Derry the 2015 and 2017 Ulster minor titles in his tenure, losing the 2016 Ulster and 2017 All-Ireland finals.
After a spell as senior manager, McErlain was succeeded as senior manager by Rory Gallagher and returns to the minor role.
‘Macker’ will be joined by Murtagh O’Brien, Gavin McGeehan and Antoin Moran in the management team. Former Derry ‘keeper Johnny Kelly will be working with the goalkeepers, while Lawrence O’Kane takes charge of logistics.
At senior level, Rory Gallagher will go into his fourth season as senior manager, after coming in on a three-year term which has since doubled taking him up to the the end of the 2025 season.