Wednesday 25 April 2018

Gallagher: I wasn't driven out by social media abuse

 

Former Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Keys​

Rory Gallagher has distanced himself from any suggestion that he stepped down from his role as Donegal football manager this week because of any social media abuse that he may have taken after defeats in this year's championship to Tyrone and Galway.

Gallagher issued a statement yesterday expressing warm gratitude to Donegal players, fellow members of his management and County Board members for their support and effort but stressed his decision wasn't influenced by anything that was said.

He gave special mention to supporters who followed the team on tough days in 2013 (when he was assistant to Jim McGuinness) in Carrick-on-Shannon against Laois and against Cork and Meath in qualifier matches over the last two seasons.

"I do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. I have no interest in Social Media whatsoever. It has no impact on my life or my decision to step away from the senior team," he said in the statement.

It comes after former manager Brian McEniff hit out at abuse he had apparently taken, stating it had no place in an amateur sport.

Gallagher said they "fully understood the road they are on" and felt it was the beginning of a new team.

Meanwhile, the All-Ireland quarter-final involving Tyrone and Armagh as the curtain raiser and Dublin and Monaghan on Saturday evening is already an 80,000 plus sell out.

Croke Park can expect to cater for around 170,000 supporters over three days with an estimated 55,000 at Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Galway and a further 35,000 at Bank Holiday Monday's All-Ireland quarter-final replay between Mayo and Roscommon.

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