Peter Ford confirmed as new Ballintubber football boss
REIGNING Mayo senior club football champions Ballintubber have pulled off an audacious coup by appointing Peter Ford as their new manager.
Club officials moved swiftly after the surprise departure of Anthony McGarry less than two weeks ago and managed to convince the 49 years-old former Mayo defender to end his self-imposed one year absence from club management.
The Ballinrobe native, who has managed both the Sligo and Galway senior inter-county teams, led Castlebar to a County Senior Final appearance in 2010.
However, the Mitchels lost out to a Ballintubber side that went on to retain their title last October while they also added the Senior League crown for good measure.
“Anthony McGarry did a fine job last year and I know he will do a great job in Ballina,” explained Seán Hallinan, Chairman of Ballintubber GAA club. “The travel was obviously an issue for him so we are delighted to have Peter at the helm as he lives nearby in Castlebar.
“He was very happy with our training facilities at the Resource Centre in Ballintubber and our set-up in Clogher,” added Hallinan.
In an interesting twist, Stagg Betting in Ballindine have installed Ballintubber and Castlebar Mitchels as the 3/1 joint-favourites to win the 2012 Mayo SFC title.
Elsewhere, Jack Grimes looks set to be in charge of the Garrymore senior footballers this year.
The former Tourmakeady manager arrives with an impressive CV after leading the Gaeltacht club to two successive Mayo Intermediate Finals in 2009 and 2010, capturing the prestigious title at the second attempt.
He also masterminded Tourmakeady’s escape from the Senior Championship relegation zone last season, masterminding a shock victory over Charlestown in the play-off final.
Grimes, who is a native of Westport, succeeds John Nally in the Garrymore hotseat.
Meanwhile, former Mayo footballer, Michael Moyles, is almost certain to take over from John Maughan as the new Crossmolina senior manager.
Moyles, who won an All-Ireland club medal with the Deel Rovers in 2001, is expected to be ratified at a Crossmolina club meeting in the coming days.