Derry footballers have been on the lookout for a new manager since the departure of Damian Barton after a two-year spell.
The Oak-Leafers endured a disappointing 2017 season, losing heavily to Tyrone in the first round of Ulster. While they recovered to beat Waterford, they ran into a tough challenge in the form of Mayo, taking the Connacht outfit to extra-time before succumbing to an 11-point defeat.
However, one silver lining for the year has been the success of their minor footballers. The young side romped to an Ulster title, easily accounting for Cavan in the decider in Clones, before getting past Sligo and Dublin in the All-Ireland series.
They now take on Kerry in the final, and although most of the country expects David Clifford to continue his remarkable rise and steer the Kingdom to a fourth consecutive title, there is a belief in the Ulster county that an upset is on the cards.
Win or lose the minor final, manager Damian McErlain is set for a big move next season, with the Irish News reporting that he will be ratified as senior manager for next year at tonight’s county board meeting.
He will be charged with the task of bringing through the promising youth into the senior set-up, and taking Derry back to football’s top table.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we hear from Mícheál Donoghue as we preview the All-Ireland final.