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Rory Gallagher gets nod at Donegal with Derry ready to keep Barton

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By Declan Bogue

Published 20/09/2016

Staying put: Rory Gallagher has been kept on by Donegal
Staying put: Rory Gallagher has been kept on by Donegal

The Donegal county board have confirmed that Rory Gallagher is to remain as manager for the next three seasons, with an option for a fourth.

At a special meeting to review team managements, the Fermanagh native was given the green light to begin what could be a significant rebuilding job.

Eamonn McGee and Colm Anthony McFadden have already retired from the 2012 All-Ireland-winning side after they were beaten by Dublin at the quarter-final stage this campaign.

Others could follow, such as Rory Kavanagh, Christy Toye and Neil Gallagher. County board chairman Sean Dunnion told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are delighted to get clarity on this. Rory has been granted another term in charge of the senior football team.

"We wish him and his backroom team the very best of luck going forward and we are glad to have the matter dealt with in such a timely fashion.

"It gives stability to everybody, including the players."

Gallagher had previously met the county board last Monday night to set out his thoughts on the senior management.

Team captain Michael Murphy expressed support for Gallagher continuing in the role when he said: "It's important now that a fairly steady platform develops over the next three or four years.

"Rory, knowing them at Under-21 level and with being involved over the last couple of years, it would be very right for him to drive that on over two, three, four years. As players we would be keen for that to happen."

The Derry county board, meanwhile, will meet tonight at Owenbeg, where it is expected they will rubber-stamp another year for senior football manager Damian Barton.

They are currently in the process of finding a successor for hurling manager Tom McLean, who stepped down in recent weeks.

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