New term for Rory to go before county committee


New term for Rory to go before county committee
By Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

Donegal GAA chiefs are to propose a new term for senior team manager Rory Gallagher before the Donegal county committee tonight in Ballybofey.

A special meeting has been called to deal with the manager’s position following his request for a new term, believed to be four years.

The manager has completed two years of his initial three year term, with an option for a fourth year following a review at the end of year three.

“The meeting is a follow on from our executive meeting last week and the special sub-committee’s review and their meeting with the team manager last Friday night week,” said Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion.

“Following last week’s executive meeting, we’ve had a number of discussions with Rory and we are now ready to put a proposal to the county committee.

“It is up to the county committee who have the final say but I would be hopeful that the new term will be acceptable to the committee,” the chairman added.

However, Dunnion would not divulge any further details or the length of the term being offered to the manager until it is first put before county committee.

Terms of three and four years have been mentioned over the last few days, but nothing concrete has been confirmed.

It is understood that Rory Gallagher made a powerful case for a four year term to the special review committee.

He told the committee that with Eamon McGee and Colm McFadden having retired and few more retirements anticipated ahead of next season, Donegal had a period of rebuilding ahead.

There is broad agreement right around the county that Donegal are about to begin a rebuilding process.

And there would also seem to be a general consensus within Donegal that Rory Gallagher is the man to head up the rebuilding process.

However, the county seems divided on whether or not he should get a four year term, especially if it is without any kind of review.

Reports have been circulating since the manager met the special committee that Gallagher is seeking a straight four year term without review.

This has not gone down well with the clubs, nor has a report in the national press last week claiming the manager had given the county committee an ultimatum to give him the four years, or he would walk.

This report has since been vehemently denied by Sean Dunnion in last Thursday’s Donegal Democrat.

The chairman said there was no truth whatsoever in the story.

Rory Gallagher also has the support of the players. Both team captain Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh have gone on the record in recent weeks backing the manager.

There are just two items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting - to rescind the original appointment of the manager and to ratify the new term for the team manager.

The chairman told the DPP/Democrat that the motion to rescind the manager’s existing term was procedural.

A two-thirds majority is required to rescind the old agreement.

Rory Gallagher is not due to attend the meeting.