Donegal county board thank Gallagher for "massive contribution"

Outgoing Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.

DONEGAL county board have thanks Rory Gallagher for his “massive contribution” after he resigned as senior football manager last night.

The former Fermanagh forward stepped down after three years in sole charge, having previously served as assistant to Jim McGuinness for three years.

He inherited a team that had seen its best days and despite infusing a host of young players through a fine National League campaign this year, Donegal’s championship performances left him under huge pressure.

Heavy defeats by Tyrone and Galway didn’t mask their wins over Antrim, Longford and Meath, and despite having signed a three-year extension last Saturday, Gallagher has left at the end of the first year of that term.

In a statement this morning, Donegal county board paid tribute to his contribution as both manager and assistant, but appeared to blunder in including 2014's Ulster title on his resume as he had parted ways with McGuinness by then.

“Donegal county committee would like to place on record its thanks and appreciation to Rory Gallagher for his massive contribution to the county’s footballers over the last seven years.

“Rory’s huge input into Donegal claiming three Ulster titles (’11, ’12, ’14) and the All-Ireland crown (’12) was telling and his replenishment of the panel in 2017 following a spate of retirements means that our young footballers are on a firm standing to build on their introduction to senior inter county football in the coming seasons.

“We’d also like to thank the various people who formed his backroom teams since 2015. Rory leaves Donegal in Division 1 of the Allianz Leagues. In the coming weeks, our attentions will turn to identifying a suitable and quality replacement to carry on the good work and structures Rory leaves in place.

“We wish Rory and his family a happy and successful future.”

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