DAMIAN BARTON to finalise Derry backroom team this weekend

New Derry GAA Senior Football manager Damian Barton together with Brian Smith, chairman of Derry GAA. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin)
New Derry GAA Senior Football manager Damian Barton together with Brian Smith, chairman of Derry GAA. (Picture Margaret McLaughlin)
  • Barton made his Derry senior debut in 1981
  • He is only the second member of Derry’s 1993 All Ireland winning side to manage the county team after Damian Cassidy’s spell in 2009/10
  • Barton currently works as a teacher at St. Patrick’s College, Dungannon

Damian Barton is unlikely to announce his Derry back room team until Monday with fellow All Ireland winner, Tony Scullion, set for an advisory role in the new set-up.

Barton, who was unveiled as the county’s new senior manager on Tuesday night in Owenbeg, has pinpointed further additions but must wait to reveal them as his first choice coach is involved in Championship action outside the Oak Leaf county this weekend.

It had been suggested Scullion would take up the Assistant Manager’s position but the demands of his Ulster Council job make the advisory role more suitable.

Barton has kept a low profile since his appointment and is expected to face the media early next week, though he did say it was an honour to finally land a post he has been linked with for almost a decade.

“I’m honoured to accept the responsibility that goes with this role,” explained the new Oak Leaf manager, “I regard this job as a privilege and a challenge which I am very much looking forward to.”

Ironically the new position will see Barton working alongside former senior manager, Brian McIver, who was appointed the county’s Director of Football earlier this month and who taught the new Derry manager when he was a pupil at St. Pius X College, Magherafelt.

Barton will be a keen spectator at this Sunday’s senior county Championship semi-finals in which a number of potential county panellists will be involved.

As well as the senior All Ireland success in 1993, Barton captained the county Minors and Under-21s to Ulster titles and made his senior debut back in 1981 as a teenager.

As a manager, Barton has enjoyed spells at Ballinderry, University of Ulster Jordanstown, Loup, Down side Burren and Slaughtneil before his most recent post with Kilrea.