McShane steps down from Emmet Park hotseat

By Michael McMullan

DERRY hurling champions Sleacht Néill are looking for a new manager following news that Michael McShane has stepped down after nine years in charge.

The Ballycastle native led the Emmet’s to nine Derry titles during his tenure and four Ulster hurling titles.

He took over in 2015 and lost out to Cushendall in the Ulster final after extra time before steering the Derry kingpins to their historic first Ulster title 12 months later.

While coming close against both Na Piarsaigh and Ballyhale in All-Ireland semi-finals, the Emmet’s missed out on gracing All-Ireland final day.

He also managed Lavey to the 2010 title after helping their camogs to All-Ireland glory in 2009.

His last game in charge of Sleacht Néill was their recent Ulster final defeat at the hands of Cushendall.

The search for McShane’s successor now begins with plenty of young talent blooded over his tenure.

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