Monday 16 September 2019

Donegal back Bonner to go 'step further'

Donegal manager Declan Bonner. Photo: Sportsfile
Donegal manager Declan Bonner. Photo: Sportsfile

Gerry McLaughlin

Declan Bonner and his backroom team will be staying on for at least another year after his re-appointment was ratified at last night's Donegal county committee meeting.

The Donegal boss received a warm response from delegates as he presented his end of term report in Ballybofey. It is understood his term could now be extended to 2021 after another successful season for Tír Conaill. He was initially given a three-year deal from 2017-2020.

Donegal retained their Ulster title and gained promotion back to Division 1 of the National Football League but once again failed to get out of the Super 8s.

Bonner told the meeting that it was a successful and satisfying year for the county.

He said that retaining the Ulster title for only the second time in the county's history, was a great boost to a side that contained many young players who were still developing.

Bonner said the goal was now to go a step further next year after the disappointment of the defeat to Mayo, in the final series of the Super 8s.

"It is good to have Declan and the backroom team back on board," said county chairman Mick McGrath.

"We are happy with the work, standards and the results of Declan and all concerned, and are thrilled with retaining the Ulster title and getting back to Division 1.

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"It was disappointing that we did not progress further in the Super 8s but we have loads of motivation to try and go a step further next year.

"We played most of the top teams and we have not been overawed by any of them. We will be trying to retain our Ulster title and take a step further this year.

"We are as good as Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone, Cork, Galway, Meath, Kildare and can beat any one of them on a given day.

"We will be aiming to retain our Ulster title, staying in Division One and going a step further in the Super 8s."

Meanwhile, Rory Gallagher will be confirmed as Damian McErlain's successor in the Derry hotseat this evening. The Oak Leaf county board will put forward Gallagher as their new senior football manager and there is expected to be no opposition to the appointment.

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