Rangers management team step down

March 11, 2013

The trio of Tony McEntee, Gareth O’Neill and Seamus McGeown have stepped down from their Crossmaglen Rangers management positions.

Joint managers Tony and Gareth took over following the 2009 Armagh championship defeat by Pearse Og which denied the club a national record of 14 Senior championships in a row. Following that defeat many had depicted the decline of Cross who lost a number of their leading lights and were now expected to go into transition.

Not so, as All-Ireland medal winners themselves as players with the club, the duo embarked on a remarkable three years in charge as they won back-to-back All-Ireland club titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as three Ulster Championships and three Armagh crowns. They also helped the club to top the National roll of honour for the most Senior county titles won. Cross hopes of the hitherto elusive three-in –a-row of All-Ireland club were thwarted by St Brigid’s of Roscommon in this year’s semi-final at Mullingar. The duo cited family commitments as their reason for stepping down while both will continue to assist the club with underage coaching.

Fitness trainer, Seamus McGeown has been involved with Crossmaglen teams since 2007. For all those years bar one under his stewardship Crossmaglen have contested at a minimum the All-Ireland Club semi-final. Seamie had the hardest job of all coaches trying to keep a team fit all year round and get them to peak following a 10 to 12 week break between the Ulster final and the All-Ireland semi.

The trio of Tony, Gareth and Seamie stretched their unbeaten championship record to 28 matches over the 3 years, more championship action than most teams would expect to have over a decade.

It is unclear who will succeed the duo as Crossmaglen bid to win their 41st Armagh title this year but the successor will have a very hard act to follow given the unbelievable record of the previous incumbents.