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Rory Gallagher future to be decided by Donegal committee next Monday

Rory Gallagher's request to remain as Donegal manager for a further fours years will be decided on Monday night
Andy Watters

A DECISION on Rory Gallagher's request to remain as Donegal manager for a further four years will be taken next Monday night.

Gallagher, who has overseen the fortunes of the Tir Chonaill county for the last two seasons and won the Ulster Championship in 2015, outlined his blueprint for building a side capable of challenging for the Sam Maguire in a meeting with a county sub-committee last Friday night.

The county executive committee met to discuss the findings of that meeting and so the issue will be decided once and for all at Monday night's meeting of the county committee which includes representatives from the Donegal clubs.

County PRO Ed Byrne expects Donegal's clubs to back Gallagher's request.

“Everyone at the meeting (club delegates and members of the executive committee) will have a vote and, ultimately, it will come down to the decision of the clubs,” he said.

“I would expect most people would support him, but it's down to the clubs and what they want.

“A four-year deal is something new. Rory is prepared to stay for four years so it's up to the clubs to decide if they wish to keep him for that length of time. They'll decide that on Monday night.”

After reaching the 2014 All-Ireland final under Jim McGuinness, Donegal have lost back-to-back quarter-finals with Gallagher at the helm. Byrne sees the former Fermanagh star's willingness to remain as bainisteoir until the end of the 2020 season as a positive sign for the county.

“It's saying a lot that he wants to commit for that length of time,” he said.

“A number of players have called for him to remain on through the transitional period and see Donegal bear the fruits. He would have the support of the likes of Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh who have asked that he be given time.

“When you're in a transitional period it's good that you have somebody who is willing to commit for up to four years. He obviously has belief that Donegal can stay within the top eight in the country and I would presume he's happy with what he sees coming through the system at minor and U21.

“He's happy that he can rebuild a team.”

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