New manager Hagan promises clean slate

New Leitrim Senior team manager Sean Hagan pictured with his children after he led Kiltubrid to the 2005 Leitrim Senior Championship title. The Dromard clubman has been handed a one-year term in charge of the Green & Gold.
New Leitrim Senior team manager Sean Hagan has promised a clean slate as he targets promotion to the Allianz League Division 3.

New Leitrim Senior team manager Sean Hagan has promised a clean slate as he targets promotion to the Allianz League Division 3.

Speaking to the Observer after his appointment last Friday evening, the former Kiltubrid and Dromard manager said “The main aim is to get Leitrim out of Division Four, it is a tough job but I feel there is a great opportunity to progress out of the Division.

“I didn’t dive into the decision to take the job, I analysed it and after working with three clubs, when I looked into it, the challenge gave me the incentive to get me going again. ”

Hagan succees outgoing joint managers Brian Breen and George Dugdale and the new manager has promised a clean slate after the controversy that enveloped the County Senior team earlier in the year following the disciplining of four players for breaching the team’s code of conduct.

While reluctant to comment on any aspects of the controversy, Sean did say “I am coming into this with a totally clean slate and there will be a totally clean slate for everybody. I will be contacting every club manager asking them to put forward names and we will be conducting trial games over a few weekends.

“We would hope to pick our panel from those games once we get up and running after the club finals but there will be a clean slate for everyone without a shadow of a doubt.”

The new Leitrim manager has also already been taking in club games over the Summer and the standard of the club games gives the former Kiltubrid manager hope for the future if the players are able to express themselves.

“I believe there is as much talent in Leitrim as anywhere else but maybe they are not fulfilling that talent or not expressing themselves as much as they can and I firmly believe that the standard of Leitrim football is as strong as any county in Ireland.

“I’ve been watching the club games in Leitrim over the past few months and it gave me the urge to get back involved with the County team. I’m very happy with the standard of club football in the county and I’ve always felt that there is a great will to win and a great pride in the jersey in Leitrim.”

Sean is in the currently in the process of finalising his back-room team, confirming that “it is more than halfway in place but I won’t be confirming anything until we have it all in place.”

• See Page 74 for more reaction from last Friday’s County Board meeting.