Former Horeswood player named as London senior football manager

Alan Aherne

Published 13/11/2015 | 11:58

1 June 2010; Ciarán Deely, Wexford. Wexford Senior Football Squad Portraits 2010, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
1 June 2010; Ciarán Deely, Wexford. Wexford Senior Football Squad Portraits 2010, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Former Wexford footballer Ciaran Deely was ratified as the new London Senior football manager at a meeting of their County Board on Monday, November 9.

The ex-Horeswood player has been based in England for a number of years and takes over from Roscommon native Paul Coggins who guided the exiles to a first-ever Connacht final in 2013 with sensational wins over Sligo and Leitrim.

Deely, a qualified fitness coach, was part of Coggins' backroom team last year before leaving to work in India with Premier League soccer side, Kerala Blasters FC.

The much-travelled Ballinteskin man previously worked as a sports scientist with Queen's Park Rangers, and he is expected to return to London in December to begin preparations for the 2016 National League Division 4 campaign which will include a trip home to face Wexford on February 28.

Deely made his debut for his home county in 2003 and went on to play a total of 43 Senior games, scoring 2-34 in the process. He came on as substitute during the All-Ireland semi-final loss of 2008 to Tyrone, having captained Wexford in previous campaigns.

Man of the match in the 2005 county Senior final, he won four championships in all with Horeswood in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011, and worked as a full-time coach with Dublin G.A.A. before moving to London.

Deely will be assisted on the new backroom team by his Kingdom Kerry Gaels clubmate Noel Dunning, along with Brian McBrearty (Tir Chonaill Gaels) and Paddy Curtin (Round Towers).

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