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Kavanagh expected to end Donegal search for boss

Rory Kavanagh's St Eunan's take on Naomh Chonaill in Sunday's Donegal SFC decider. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

RORY Kavanagh is expected to be confirmed as Donegal’s new boss in the coming weeks.

The 2012 All-Ireland winner has been strongly linked with the post, which has been vacant since Declan Bonner brought the curtain down on his five-year reign back on July 20.

However, with Kavanagh’s St Eunan’s side still involved in championship action and now looking ahead to Sunday’s county final against Naomh Conaill, any official announcement had been placed on the long finger.

Should St Eunan’s successfully defend their crown, they would not be in Ulster Club Championship action until the weekend of November 12/13, and so it looks likely Kavanagh’s expected appointment will be confirmed in the near future one way or the other.

With counties allowed to return to collective training on November 24, Donegal will be keen to have its new management team up and running well before that date.

However, the 40-year-old was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about the Tir Chonaill vacancy in the wake of the Letterkenny side’s semi-final victory over Kilcar on Saturday.

“I am just concentrating on the club now and that is my priority and has all of my focus,” he said.

Jim McGuinness, Martin McHugh and 2016 Ulster minor winning manager Sean Paul Barrett were among the names that continually cropped up over the past few months, with former Monaghan and Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke boss also mentioned in despatches.

Despite being in the early stages of his managerial career since his playing days came to an end, Kavanagh has made an instant impression, leading St Eunan’s to a first Donegal crown since 2014 in his first year at the helm. He has also previously coached underage development squads within the county.

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