KERNAN RANGERS RETURN.
JOE Kernan was last night appointed as team manager of club giants Crossmaglen Rangers.
Kernan has been tempted to return, having won three All-Irelands during his first spell in charge in the late nineties before going on to manage Armagh to All-Ireland success in 2002.
After one year with Galway and then a break from intercounty management, he has answered the call to take charge of the six-time All-Ireland winners once again.
Tony McEntee and Gareth O'Neill stepped down after defeat to St Brigid's in the All-Ireland semi-final last month.
The club were keen to get Kernan to return and the club met last night to ratify his appointment.
His first Championship game in charge will be in September against the winners of Dromintee and Pearse Og.
He first took over as Crossmaglen manager in 1993, making the big breakthrough in 1996 when they won the Armagh and Ulster titles before going on to win their first All-Ireland the following spring.
A golden era followed, with back-to-back All-Irelands in 1999 and 2000.
Kernan quit Crossmaglen after losing to Castleblayney in the Ulster championship in 2001 and took charge of Armagh later that year, winning the Sam Maguire in his first year in charge.
BACK IN CHARGE New manager Joe Kernan
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 28, 2013|
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