Sunday 18 August 2019

Gallagher's Fermanagh exit leaves seventh vacancy

Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile
Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Rory Gallagher has stepped down as Fermanagh football boss after two years in charge of his native county.

Gallagher becomes the seventh manager in the last two months to leave his position after Liam Kearns (Tipperary), Paul McLoughlin (Wexford), Malachy O'Rourke (Monaghan), Cian O'Neill (Kildare), Damien McErlain (Derry) and John Evans (Wicklow).

Under Gallagher, who had spent three years in the Donegal set-up, Fermanagh reached the Ulster final in 2018, losing to Donegal. This year they came close to promotion from Division 2 but lost their last two league games to Armagh and Meath.

Gallagher had former Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin as his assistant and he could be a contender to take over.

The favourite is likely to be Dom Corrigan, however, who was there in 2003 when Fermanagh reached an All-Ireland quarter-final and who, earlier this year, guided St Michael's Enniskillen to an All-Ireland colleges title.

O'Rourke is said to be keen on taking a break from county management, ruling him out of the vacancy in Derry. In Monaghan, Seamus McEnaney, Mattie McGleenan and Tony McEntee are understood to be the leading early contenders to replace O'Rourke.

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