Sunday 18 March 2018

'I've no interest in social media' - Rory Gallagher says online comments had nothing to do with Donegal decision

Rory Gallagher has left Donegal
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Rory Gallagher has released a statement thanking the Donegal players and supporters after yesterday stepping down as manager following the crushing Round Four qualifier defeat to Galway.

Gallagher oversaw a huge turnover in personnel in his third season in charge, blooding a number of young players in the league following the departure of a number of All-Ireland-winning stars. However, despite a promising league campaign, Donegal's championship featured two heavy defeats to Tyrone and Galway, which saw Gallagher step down from his post.

Gallagher thanked his wife, the Donegal county board, the players and the supporters in a statement released tonight, while adding that online comments had nothing to do with his decision to leave the manager's role.

"The County’s supporters have been outstanding throughout the 7 years particularly when we needed you most, days like Carrick on Shannon in 2013, Croke Park v Cork in 2016 and Navan in 2017 stand out," Gallagher said.

"Having come off defeats the team really appreciated it.

"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. Only the players and their families, the management and County Board officers can appreciate the effort that the 2017 squad made this season. We understand fully the road we are on. It is the beginning of a new team. It will continue to need huge levels of commitment over the next number of years."


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