Kilcoo forward Conor Laverty has been confirmed as the new manager of Down.

Current Down under-20 manager Laverty takes over from James McCartan, who stepped down in July despite indications that he would remain in charge in for a second season.

Laverty, who is still playing with his club, had been heavily linked with the position following Paddy Tally's departure at the end of the 2021 season, but he confirmed to RTÉ Sport last November that he was no longer interested in taking on the role.

It was understood that Jim McGuinness was to form part of the backroom team along with Martin Clarke, but the Donegal man distanced himself from getting involved.

Clarke will be in his backroom team this time around with Declan Morgan also set to be involved. A further member of the backroom team is to be added in due course.

Laverty guided the county's U20s to Ulster glory in 2021 following a thrilling extra-time win over Monaghan. Clarke and Morgan were in his coaching team for that triumph.

In March of this year, he was part of the Kilcoo team that won the All-Ireland Club title for the first time in their history.

It was a difficult season for Down as they were relegated to Division 3 and suffered a first-round Tailteann Cup exit at the hands of Cavan.

"Conor played at all levels for his county, featuring in the All-Ireland Final of 2010 and the Ulster decider two years later," Down GAA said in a statement.

Conor Laverty was joint captain as Kilcoo lifted the All-Ireland this year, and he is expected to continue playing with the Magpies

"He earned an Allstar nomination for his exploits in the red and black in 2012 and went on to captain Down in 2015. He is one of our most decorated club footballers, winning ten county championships with Kilcoo, and he was joint captain when they won the 2019 and 2020 Ulster titles before leading his club to the ultimate honour in Croke Park in February this year.

"Conor will also continue as U20 manager, a position he was appointed to in December 2020. He guided Down to a provincial title at this grade in his first year in the role. A full U20 management will be confirmed at a later date, with Darragh O'Hanlon (Kilcoo) and Conor Gilmore (St John’s) continuing in their roles."

Elsewhere, Cavan have confirmed that Mickey Graham has been granted a two-year extension pending ratification.

Graham was appointed ahead of the 2019 season and guided the Breffni County to Ulster glory the following year.

"Cavan GAA Management Comittee are delighted to announce that Mickey Graham will remain Cavan Senior Football Team Manager for another 2 Years, Subject to Ratification at the next County Committee Meeting," a statement read.

Fermanagh have also confirmed that Kieran Donnelly will remain in charge of their footballers for a second year.

"Kieran Donnelly will continue into his second year leading the senior football team," the Erne County said, whilst also confirming that Joe Baldwin will remain as hurling manager in 2023 and Maurice McLaughlin as under-20 boss. Tony Collins and Raymond Johnston have stepped down as minor managers though.