By Michael McMullan
SWATRAGH have finalised their senior football management team for the season ahead.
The club have confirmed, to Gaelic Life, that former Derry manager John Brennan succeeds Kevin Madden as manager.
He will be assisted by Loup man Neil McCloy and Swatragh’s Emmett Rafferty.
Brennan was a Derry championship winning manager with Lavey, Sleacht Néill and Loup who he took to the 2009 Ulster Club final.
He had success in Tyrone with Carrickmore and was a championship winner with Cargin.
More recently he was involved with Lavey on their way to the 2018 final where they lost to Coleraine.
The ‘Swa were beaten in last year’s quarter-final by the Emmet’s and haven’t been in the final since losing to Lavey in the 1993 decider.
On the hurling front, Seamus Bradley and Declan McGuckin remain in charge of the senior hurling team.
Their neighbours Sleacht Néill have yet to finalise their managerial plans.
Mark Doran, the new coach of Clare footballers, was set to be unveiled as their senior footballers last weekend.
The Longstone man, who was joint manager of Monaghan champions Ballybay last season, has agreed to take on the role and is finalising his management team.
There has been no decision made on whether Michael McShane will return for a ninth season with the club’s senior hurlers.