Monday 25 September 2017

Speculation rages over back-room upheaval in Donegal

SPECULATION was rife in Donegal last night, but the identity of a successor to Rory Gallagher appears to be a long way off being revealed.

Gallagher's departure was confirmed late on Tuesday night when the Donegal County Board issued a statement saying it had been informed by manager Jim McGuinness (above) of his 'intention to make changes in his management and support team.'

Both camps – and the board – are remaining tight-lipped on the sequence of events that led to the break up of the 2012 All-Ireland-winning management team.

However, it is known that Gallagher – and video analyst Maxi Curran and kitman Francie Friel, who are also gone – is unhappy with the wording of the statement and privately has said the decision to part ways was his.

The news came just three days after McGuinness confirmed on Saturday that he was returning to the Donegal hotseat for 2014.

McGuinness met with the management on Sunday. It is understood that Gallagher made contact with the county board on Monday to inform them that he was considering his position and, on Tuesday, the departures were confirmed.

Monaghan trainer Ryan Porter has been linked with a return to Donegal, while, within the county, Joe McBrearty and Damian Diver have been mooted. The more adventurous have suggested a link-up with recently departed Fermanagh boss Peter Canavan.

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