Deely to manage London
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 (32), 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 F.C.
He has worked closely there with club manager Terry Phelan, the former Irish international, while the star player is Carlos Marchena, the World Cup and Europen Championship winner with Spain. The team attracts 60,000 fans for home games, so it will be a different world entirely standing on the sidelines with London during National League Division 4 games.
Initially Deely went to India following a request from Kerala Blasters manager Peter Taylor who was sacked and replaced by Terry Phelan.
The much-travelled Ballinteskin man previously worked as a sports scientist with Queen's Park Rangers in their Academy, 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 and former London team manager Noel Dunning, along with Brian McBrearty (Tir Chonaill Gaels) and Paddy Curtin (Round Towers).
Meanwhile, new Wicklow Senior hurling manager Martin Storey is taking Oulart-The Ballagh colleague Kevin Kennedy with him to join his backroom team over the county border.
Kennedy's appointment leaves a void in the Wexford Under-21 hurling selection committee as he has assisted J.J. Doyle in their successful reign over the past three years.
Storey will also be assisted by James Quirke of St. Patrick's in Wicklow town, an ex-De La Salle (Waterford) clubman, and Aughrim's Pat Bracken who was formerly involved with Arklow Rock Parnells.