Glenswilly management team step down

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal SFC winners Glenswilly are on the look-out for a new management team after joint-managers Gary McDaid and John McGinley stepped down after their final league game of the season on Sunday.

Donegal SFC winners Glenswilly are on the look-out for a new management team after joint-managers Gary McDaid and John McGinley stepped down after their final league game of the season on Sunday.

The duo guided the club, who have Donegal captain Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher in their ranks, to a first ever senior title when they defeated St Michael’s last month. They followed up that success with a

1-8 to 0-10 win over Cavan Gaels in the Ulster club championship preliminary round but were defeated by Monaghan title-holders Latton 0-10 to 0-9 in the provincial quarter-final.

Despite their fine form in the championship, Glenswilly’s league form, having missed their county panellists for large chunks of the summer, was patchy, although Gallagher’s goal helped them preserve their All-County League Division One status thanks to a 1-14 to 0-9 in the relegation play-off against Malin on Sunday.

McGinley had been in sole charge since 2009, reaching a county semi-final the following year before losing out to eventual winners Naomh Conaill.

For the season just finished he was joined on the sidelines by McDaid and together the pair produced a memorable championship campaign for the rural club, who only turned senior in 2006.

“It was my intention to give it just one year and I knew that if I was going to give it one year I was going to have to put in a massive effort and we did that as a management team,” said McDaid. “Myself and Johnny

and the rest of the management team put in a serious amount of hours and to be honest burnout-wise I could not do it for a second year in a row.”