Monday 19 February 2018

Declan Bonner to be named as new Donegal football manager

Declan Bonner will be named as new Donegal manager
Declan Bonner will be named as new Donegal manager

Chris McNulty

Declan Bonner will be named as the new Donegal manager tomorrow evening.

Bonner will be returned to a post he held previously from 1997-2000 when Donegal’s 40 clubs convene at a hastily-arranged county committee meeting.

Bonner has been the front-runner since Rory Gallagher’s shock departure from the job last month.

The selection committee, after formally interviewing three candidates, selected Bonner on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning the 1992 All-Ireland winner received the confirmation call from Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion.

Cathal Corey and Sean Paul Barrett were also interviewed for the role, after Seamus McEnaney and Gary McDaid withdrew their names from the race.

In 1998, Bonner took Donegal to an Ulster final which they lost to a late Joe Brolly goal.

The Lettermacaward man returned to inter-county involvement at underage level in 2011.

After success in the Buncrana Cup (U16) and Jim McGuigan Cup (U17), Bonner guided the Donegal minors to an Ulster MFC title in 2014, when they went on to lose to Kerry in the All-Ireland MFC final.

Bonner has been Donegal Under-21 manager in 2016 and 2017, this year leading them to an Ulster title.

After confirming his candidacy last month, Bonner said: He said: "I do honestly believe that within Donegal we are well capable of being very competitive and able to stay at a top level for the next number of years.

“There is the nucleus of a very good side in Donegal.”

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