Paddy Tally has been ratified as the new manager of the Down footballers. 

The Galbally man takes over from Eamonn Burns, who departed after Down exited the championship at the hands of Cavan in round two of the qualifiers. 

The Mournemen were beaten by Doengal in the Ulster semi-final this year and were also relegated to Division 3 of the Allianz League. 

Tally was part of the Tyrone squad in 1995 when they reached the All-Ireland final and was the trainer under Mickey Harte won the county won their first All-Ireland title in 2003, departing the year after.

He was the trainer to the James McCartan-managed Down side that reached the All-Ireland final in 2010 and trainer/selector with Brian McIver at Derry from 2013-2015.

Tally led St Mary's of Belfast to a Sigerson Cup title last year and then joined Kevin Walsh's management team at Galway, where he was credited with introducing a new defensive system.

Writing earlier this year, RTÉ Sport columnist Philip Jordan praised Tally's impact on the Red Hand's historic 2003 season.

"He’s a brilliant coach, has a background in sports science and was using sports psychology before it was fashionable.

"The players were all hugely fond of Paddy and I always found him someone very easy to talk to, someone you could go to with your problems. He had the ability to be close to players, but not so close that he felt he wasn’t able to criticise them when the need arose, which is a delicate balance to strike.

"I always felt that Paddy would love the challenge of management and I think a sign that he wants to make that step up was the way he took St Mary’s to the Sigerson Cup last year."