Rory Gallagher has been confirmed as the Donegal manager to succeed Jim McGuinness.The Belleek-born Gallagher was ratified by the Donegal Co Committee tonight.
He was given a three-year term with an option for a fourth year.
Gallagher was No. 2 to Jim McGuinness in 2011, 2012 and 2013 but was replaced for the last year of McGuinness’s period in charge.
At present he is coaching Kilcar as assistant manager with John McNulty and he has a good playing record, playing intercounty with his native Fermanagh and Cavan.
He won an All-Ireland club title with St. Gall’s of Belfast and won a Sigerson medal with Sligo IT.
His backroom team has yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile Maxi Curran has been installed as U-21 manager for a one year period while Declan Bonner has been re-appointed as Donegal minor manager.
Curran took the Donegal U-21s to an Ulster final in 2014 while Bonner was in charge as Donegal minors won Ulster and reached the All-Ireland minor final for the first time in the county’s history.
The Donegal GAA issued the following press release after the appointsments.
Donegal GAA Club Delegates tonight ratified Rory Gallagher as Donegal Senior Football manager. Rory Gallagher brings experience and knowledge of the squad as a former selector of the 2012 All-Ireland winning team. Rory is appointed for a 3 year term with the option for a forth year available.
Donegal GAA look forward to working with Rory and his backroom team and aim to keep Donegal competing at the top level.
Donegal GAA Club Delegates also ratified Marcus Curran to continue as the U21 manager for a one year term, with Declan Bonner ratified to continue in his role as Minor manager again for a one year term.
Donegal GAA would like to thank Michael McGeehan, Gary Walsh, Liam Ward, P.J. McGowan, Joseph McKelvey for the assistance they gave as members of the different selection committees.