Declan Bonner takes over as Donegal minor team manager

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Declan Bonner takes over as Donegal minor team manager
Declan Bonner, the former Donegal senior manager, is back in county management following his appointment as Donegal minor manager.

Declan Bonner, the former Donegal senior manager, is back in county management following his appointment as Donegal minor manager.

The 1992 All-Ireland winner and senior manager for three seasons at the end of the 1990s appointment was ratified by the Donegal county committee on Monday night at their monthly meeting.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge I have been working with the lads for the last few season and have managed them at U-16 and U-17 level and I know all the lads well,”Bonner told the Democrat this morning.

“There is a good bunch of lads at that age group. We won the Buncrana Cup, last year. We beat Tyrone in the final and we have qualified for the McGuigan Cup final (Ulster U-17 inter - county tournament).”

Bonner was also a member of the outgoing manager Stephen Friel’s backroom team for the last two seasons.

Bonner has confirmed that Sean Noonan from Lifford as the team trainer. Noonan is recognised as a top quality trainer and has inter-county experience having been a member of Sean Clerkin’s team during Clerkin’s terms as both county minor and U-21 manager.

He was trainer/ coach when Donegal last won the Ulster Minor Championship back in 2006 - a team that included current seniors Michael Murphy, Leo McLoone, Declan Walsh Martin McElhinney and Ross Wherity.

Friel stepped down having completed his two-year term following Donegal’s first round defeat by Tyrone in Ballybofey.