Pete McGrath loses role as Down Minors manager

Pete McGrath was manager of the Down teams which won the All-Ireland Championship in 1991 and 1994

Former All-Ireland Championship winning boss Pete McGrath is to be replaced as manager of Down's Minor panel.

McGrath, who guided the Mourne county's seniors to Ulster and All-Ireland titles in 1991 and 1994, was in his second spell as boss of the Under-18s.

In his first spell he enjoyed All-Ireland Minor success in 1987.

Down's county board paid tribute to McGrath's work with the Minors but said they had opted to appoint a new manager for 2014.

However, they added that did not have anyone identified as a possible successor to McGrath.

In the 2013 Ulster Minor Championship, Down were knocked out 1-12 to 0-10 by Tyrone in the semi-finals.

McGrath, a retired teacher from Rostrevor, managed the Ireland team in the International Rules Series matches against Australia in 204 and 2005.