Mickey Graham appointed as Leitrim assistant manager

Cavan’s former Ulster championship winning player and manager, Mickey Graham, has been confirmed as Andy Moran’s new assistant manager in Leitrim.

The news came following Monday night’s meeting of the Leitrim County Board Executive.

The Cavan native will replace Mike Solan as assistant bainisteoir for the 2024 campaign.

There are also other additions to Moran’s management team for next year with Mayo native Darragh Finn taking over as lead Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Martin Garvey, who’s also a Mayo native, will be team doctor.

Graham’s appointment is the eye-catching one.

As a player, he won a famous Ulster football title under Martin McHugh in 1997 – and was Cavan senior boss for a five-year spell, during which he lifted the Anglo Celt Cup by suprising Donegal in the 2020 Covid-hit provincial decider.

In his final year in charge this year, Cavan won promotion from Division 3 of the national football league – their second consecutive league promotion.

He also guided Longford club side Mullinalaghta to a Leinster club football title in 2018, beating Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes in the final.

Graham is currently in charge of the Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s senior footballers, who last Sunday reached the semi-finals of the Leitrim Connacht Gold senior football championship with a 4-13 to 1-13 victory over Glencar/Manorhamilton.

Graham spoke to Ocean FM Sport after that win – but he gave no indication that he was about to join the Leitrim county management team.