Shane Curran begins managerial life after club appointment confirmed

Former St Brigid’s and Roscommon goalkeeper confirmed as Padraig Pearses manager

Shane Curran is taking will manage    Padraig Pearses. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Shane Curran is taking will manage Padraig Pearses. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Shane Curran will begin his managerial career with local Roscommon rivals Padraig Pearses.

The former St Brigid’s and Roscommon goalkeeper had been linked to a number of clubs within both his own county and further afield, after confirming earlier this month that he would be taking the “inevitable” step into management in the coming weeks.

The 43-year-old former goalkeeper, who only retired from his adopted St Brigid’s club as recently as last month, won an All-Ireland club medal in 2013, and a Connacht senior championship medal with Roscommon 12 years earlier.

A challenging task awaits for Curran in his new role, Padraig Pearses have never won a senior county championship despite many near misses. For the club who last summer were managed by former Galway’s All-Ireland winning senior selector Pete Warren , and boast county players such as Niall Daly and Roscommon captain Niall Carty, anything short of a county championship will be seen as a disappointment.

Curran told The Irish Times two weeks ago that throughout his intriguing career he has had exactly 57 different coaches, all of which he intends “to take something from.

“There is a fresh approach and fresh ideas needed, the game is going in a different direction so I’ll see if I can bring in some of my thinking to it.”

The once Roscommon captain and 2003 All Star nominee recently released his autobiography, as well as currently heading his own hugely successful global company.

In the past few weeks Roscommon clubs have been busy in the managerial transfer market. Curran’s own club St Brigid’s announced the appointment of former Kilmacud Crokes and Louth manager Paddy Carr, whilst Pearses’ neighbouring club Clan na nGael announced that Dublin’s former All-Ireland winner and Ballymun Kickham’s manager Paul Curran would be taking over their senior team.

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