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Manager of the Year 2019


The masterminds behind it all. All are excellent tacticians but who will be named the Unit Updates Manager of the Year for 2019?


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Adrian Cush - O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

Cush ended Rossa's 41-year John McLaughlin famine as his side accounted for a fancied Glen side in the Derry SFC final.


Magherafelt attracted criticism in some quarters for a perceived defensive game, but their counter attack was devastating when it mattered.


Terence McNaughton - Naomh Éanna

Naomh Éanna had been knocking on the door of the Antrim IHC championship for years but never had quite enough to get over the line.


Colourful Cushendall native 'Sambo' came in this season and found that extra percentage required to seal the title. He instilled a composure in the team and in some tense situations, they were able to keep playing and achieve their goal.


Jude Donnelly - Watty Graham's Glen

That Glen lost the battle with Rossa should in no way detract from the season through which Donnelly has guided them.


Their response to losing a man early against The Loup is a clear indicator of the belief and tactical nous that Donnelly instilled in his team.


They played some scintillating football en route to the final.


Gregory O'Kane - Cúchullain's Dunloy

O'Kane came in for some flak after Dunloy whimpered out of the 2018 championship against rivals Loughgiel but his response has been excellent.


Dunloy identified their weaknesses from that season and set about eradicating them this year, reclaiming the Antrim SHC with a series of determined displays.


Damien Tracey - O'Connor's Glack

In a small parish, getting your best players on the pitch at the same time is half the battle and Tracey achieved that in some measure this season.


Playing an attractive brand of football, the charismatic manager led his side to their first Joe Brolly Cup success since 1981.


Michael McShane - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

Many around Ulster hurling circles wrongly assumed that defeat in 2018 against Ballycran signalled the end for Sleacht Néill's domination but the Emmet's reclaimed their Ulster title at the first time of asking.


McShane led his side with determination and ensured they were able to showcase their classy hurling ability alongside the intensity, competitiveness and physicality for which they are renowned.

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