Derry are on the lookout for a new senior ladies football manager after Paul Crozier stepped down from the post.

Crozier took over the county scene three years ago when ladies football in Derry at senior level was at an all time low.

At the time, a motion was tabled to scrap the team and pull out of all competitive games.

He steered the Oakleafers to the 2018 Ulster title, with victory over Antrim, but Derry were unable to make the breakthrough at All-Ireland level.

Crozier released the following statement to the County Derry Post.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have been involved with this special group of players over the past few years.

In the space of three years they have turned things around and are now able to hold down a panel of 35 players three times a week, week in and week out and compete with all the teams in their division from all over the country.

All the girls involved should be very proud of where they have taken it.  There now is hope for the future, they have laid a very strong foundation from which to build upon.

I really want to thank each and every one of them for all their hard work and commitment, no matter how big or how small they feel that may be.

It takes all of it to keep a team together week in and week out.  It has been an amazing journey, even though we never got the silverware I believe they deserved.

I have asked the older hands on the team to sit back and reflect on their own personal circumstances and not to make any rash decisions that they will regret in years to come.

To the younger girls, who have loads of distractions in their life, please look after their bodies and stay involved in the game.  Try and be the best they can be and show leadership to all those young girls in the county who look up to them as their role models.

I know there is much work still to be done within the county to give them every chance to perform and by that I mean equality. 

I know that the ladies of this county will not rest until they get the message across to the Derry GAA as a whole that they have to be treated with the respect they deserve and get the same treatment as the men in this county.  Some positive steps have been made by the Derry Board but I feel much more has yet to be done.

I feel that going forward, we need to make sure that we get the right coaches involved with all our teams at all levels.  We get as many people as possible involved with fundraising to give these coaches every opportunity financially to be on a par with all other teams in this country.  There should be no expense spared.

I want to thank the county executive for all their help and support.  I would like to personally thank chairman Jock Groogan for all his help throughout my time as manager and indeed for all the years of service he has dedicated to the cause of the ladies game within this county.

I would like to say a big thanks to all of the sponsors who have contributed in any way thoughout the year and especially to Hugh, Anne and Carlus of H&A, our main sponsor, for their continued support.

I would like to say a massive thanks to all my backroom team, Connor Henry, Charlie O’Kane, Tracey Hartin, Chris Hickson and Ann Hasson for giving up of their time and for all their hard work and commitment.

I wish everyone involved going forward all the very best of luck for the future.

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