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New Manager Appointed

Jan. 13, 2010

'RAY' OF LIGHT FOR BELCOO

BY COLM BRADLEY (Sports Editior of Fermanagh Herald)

One of Fermanagh' best know footballers of the last 15 years is to dip his toe into the managerial pool this year with Raymond Gallagher taking over the reigns at Belcoo.

Speaking to 'the Herald' this week Gallagher stated that he was 'delighted with the opportunity' and that he was 'looking forward to the challenge ahead.'

Gallagher is joined by Hugh Donnelly of Dromore who will look after the physical training and act as his right hand man.

"I have not played in two years and to be honest I needed the break but now I am raring to get going again," Gallagher explained this week before adding, "when your playing the thought of management does not come into your head too much but since I have stopped playing it has something that has interested me more and more and it was just a matter of getting the right club at the right time."

And Belcoo are that club although Gallagher was keen to play down the expectations.

"There is no doubt that there is a talented group of players there but in all honesty there are six to eight teams in Fermanagh that could win the Championship."

And the Leinster Club winner has clear goals for this season.

"We don't want to be getting carried away with ourselves. Belcoo won the league a few years ago and we would want to be pushing for that again but the club have not won a Championship game for a number of years and the first goal is to win a Championship game and see where things go from there."

Raymond was of course known for his attacking flair and it certainly appears that he will not be adopting the defensive gameplans which are currently in vogue with many managers.

"Obviously you have to look at each game as it comes but I think people have complicated football a lot in the last number of years by trying to copy teams like Armagh and Tyrone when they don't have the players to play that way. I will try and get the basics right, a good attitude and players working hard and take it from there."

Meanwhile Belcoo club chairman, Tim Flaherty, expressed his 'delight with the interest shown in the management position.'

"With the group of players we have at our disposal we are expecting big things from them his season and we feel that Raymond Gallagher and Hugh Donnelly can match the ambition of the club and deliver success in the coming season."

 

 

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