Ulster Senior League confirms new Interprovincial manager   23/08/2017

The Ulster Senior League is delighted to confirm the appointment of Anthony Gorman as the manager of the squad for this year’s FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament.

The Letterkenny man, who has a vast playing and coaching CV, takes over in the role from Peter Moran and will be assisted by Gavin Cullen and Michael McHugh.

Gorman was a member of Moran’s backroom staff last year and the former Finn Harps manager has been installed as the manager as the USL bid to win back the Michael Ward Trophy in November.

“I’m delighted to have been considered for the position and I had a real appetite to give this a go,” Gorman said following his appointment.

“I enjoyed being a part of it last year. We went so close and lost out on the last day.

“I know there is a fair amount of talent in the Ulster Senior League and I have no doubt that, if we get everyone fit and available, we will go and compete again.”

The Ulster Senior League won back-to-back Intermediate Interprovincial titles in 2013 and 2014.

Last year, after wins over Leinster and Connacht, the USL selection lost 2-0 to Munster on the third and final day of action.

Gorman said: “This tournament is right up there for prestige. There has been a change of mindset from the players in the last five or six years, a change in attitude and lifestyle - they now see being selected for this as an honour and it should be an honour.

“The standard has been raised and the players have to take credit for that. It’s been great for young players to have the likes of players coming down from senior level to play in the USL.

Ii feel that the League’s quality has never been better. There is a passion in this county to have intermediate football in Donegal. We have great quality here in the seven teams and we’ll look to be competitive in the Interpros.”

Cullen is the player-manager of Cockhill Celtic, while Swilly Rovers clubman McHugh was playing in the USL up to last season.

Gorman said: “I’ve known Gavin for a long time. I’ve played against him and with him and his success at Cockhill speaks for itself.

“I’ve had a long association with Michael. We played schoolboy football together and we played at Coleraine together. 

“We’re from three similar backgrounds and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Ulster Senior League Chairman Johnny McCafferty said: “I want to congratulate Anthony on his appointment. We know that Anthony will bring a lot of professionalism with his preparation and organising of the squad. 

“The make-up of the backroom team is very encouraging with three men who are very knowledgable about the League and its players.

“We would like to acknowledge the work of Peter Moran in the position last year and thank him for his efforts.”

This year's FAI Intermediate Interprovincials will be hosted by Connacht in November.