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Pat McAllister leaves Donegal Celtic... and players follow

By ROBERT JONES

Donegal Celtic are a club in disarray after manager Pat McAllister, his backroom team and a number of players quit yesterday.

Several players have followed the former Coleraine skipper, who was in his second spell as manager of the west Belfast club.

Following a meeting with several senior members of the club last week, McAllister was informed of the club's dire financial position last week, and that there was no money for player wages or expenses.

Currently, not a single Donegal Celtic player has been registered with the Northern Ireland Football League -- just five days before the new season kicks-off. It is believed that a number of voluntary staff at the club, including chairman Gerard Rooney, have also quit.

It is rumoured DC may return to its once-held amateur status, or go into the NIFL Championship for the foreseeable future.

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