Timeline to departures

The timeline of the involvement of Rory Gallagher in the Donegal GAA set up was as follows:

The timeline of the involvement of Rory Gallagher in the Donegal GAA set up was as follows:

* January 2011 - Rory Gallagher meets Jim McGuinness for meeting in Letterkenny and is appointed as assistant for Donegal. He replaced Peter McGinley, who stepped down due to work commitments.

* April 2011 - Donegal’s first success under new management. They defeat Laois to win Division Two of the Allianz National Football League

* July 2011 - An historic breakthrough as Donegal win the Anglo Celt Cup for the first time in 19 years, defeating Derry in the Ulster decider in Clones.

* August 2011 - A magnificent display with a fantastic winning point from Kevin Cassidy sees Donegal overcome Kildare in extra-time to reach the All-Ireland semi-final.

* August 2011 - In a dour semi-final an injury to Karl Lacey limits Donegal in a very low-scoring game. Dublin finally get the upper hand to win by 0-8 to 0-6.

* April 2012 - In the final game of the league in MacCumhaill Park, Donegal defeat Armagh to retain their Division One status.

* July 2012 - The Anglo Celt is retained for the first time in Donegal’s history, defeating Down in the Ulster final in Clones.

* August 2012 - Magnificent wins against Kerry and Cork in the All-Ireland quarter and semi-final respectively sees Donegal back in the All-Ireland final for the second time ever.

* September 2012 - The ultimate is achieved once again as Donegal take home the Sam Maguire after an outstanding final display against Mayo in Croke Park.

* April 2013 - A draw at home to Dublin in the final game of the Allianz National Football League sees Donegal drop to Division Two.

* May 2013 - Donegal defeat Tyrone in the first big game in their defence of their Ulster and All-Ireland titles.

* June 2013 - Donegal defeat Down in Breffni Park to reach the Ulster final for the third year-in-a-row.

* July 2013 - Donegal are shocked by Monaghan in the Ulster final, never coming to terms with the Farney men. They subsequently overcame Laois in Carrick-on-Shannon to get the All-Ireland quarter-final

* August 2013 - A very below par Donegal are annihilated by Mayo in Croke Park to end their championship campaign.

* September 2013 - Jim McGuinness expresses the wish to speak to the clubs before committing to his fourth year in charge of the Donegal team

* September 15 - Donegal Co. Board announce that Jim McGuinness will be completing his fourth year in charge.

* September 16 - Jim McGuinness meets his backroom team

* September 18 - Donegal Co Board issue statement that Jim McGuinness has informed them that he will be changing his backroom team and they thank Rory Gallagher, Maxi Curran and Francie Friel for their commitment over the last years.