McIver confirmed as new Oak Leaf boss

New Derry manager Brian McIver at the Owenbeg Derry headquarters on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? plesae by-line
New Derry manager Brian McIver at the Owenbeg Derry headquarters on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? plesae by-line

New Derry boss, Brian McIver, believes that it could “years” for fans of the Oak Leaf county to see “progress”.

The Ballindery man was confirmed as John Brennan;s successor at Owenbeg, near Dungiven, on Thursday night.

“There’s no quick fix, believe me,” said McIver.

“There’s no quick fix in football. It takes time to get the players to the right level of fitness, and to buy into the right lifestyle to go along with it.

“That’s not to say, that for the next few years, we don’t want to see Derry progress.

“Of course we want to see Derry making progress.

“It may take three to five years minimum. It’s going to take a lot of time to get players with the right attitude, the right frame of mind, the right conditioning. I would hope that that happens sooner rather than later obviously,” he said.

McIver saw off stiff competition in both former Antrim and current Glenullin boss Liam Bradley and Cathal Corey, to take up the Oak Leaf hot seat.

McIver was involved in the backroom staff at Down last year but he’s perhaps better known for his time in charge of Donegal.

McIver led the Tir Chonaill men to their first National League Division title in 2007 however, after stepping down as manager he said that he would never manage at inter-county level again.

“I am delighted to get the [Derry] job and I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“It’s a really big challenge. When I left Donegal I thought there would be no way I would manage at county level again.

“I got on well with the Donegal players and didn’t think that I could manage against them.

“I had a couple of years with Down and then I was involved with my son Paul, here with the Derry minors. When the nomination came, I didn’t have to think that long and hard about it.”

McIver’s backroom team includes former Derry manager Paddy Crozier and experienced coaches Paddy Tally and Bernie Henry along with newcomer Antoin Moran and liaison officer Jody Wilson.

“Paddy Crozier just loves football. Whenever I spoke to him, he was very excited at the prospect of getting involved. He just has football in his blood,” said McIver.