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Bonner lands Donegal job for his second spell in charge

By Declan Bogue

Declan Bonner is to be the new manager in charge in Donegal. The 1992 All-Ireland winner was one of those feted on Sunday last, as Donegal's first All-Ireland winning team had their turn to be unveiled to the crowd at Croke Park as the jubilee team.

As one of their most celebrated players, this is the man from the Rosses' second time in the hotseat having held it from 1998 to 2000, going almost straight from playing to management for that period.

In a curious twist of fate, it was the performance of Fermanagh's Rory Gallagher in a win over Donegal in Ballybofey during that Championship that brought an end to Bonner's first stint in charge.

Now Bonner takes over from Gallagher, who finished up after three seasons as Donegal manager in August only to surprisingly emerge as the new Fermanagh boss last week.

Bonner will be officially unveiled at a special county committee meeting tonight at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey.

Pandemonium ensued in Donegal yesterday after Bonner's name was unveiled by an online source just moments after two unsuccessful candidates, minor manager Shaun Paul Barrett and Cathal Corey, who has held a strong link with the Glenties club in the county and won a number of county Championships, were informed they would not be granted the role.

Soon after, a statement was released by Donegal PRO Ed Byrne, stating: "No manager has been appointed at this time, while we are aware that one candidate's name was published online today, ONLY County Committee can appoint a manager."

However, by late afternoon the worst kept secret in Donegal was out.

Bonner was in charge of the successful under-21 team that won their provincial title this year and will also provide the spine of the outfit that will emerge as the next Donegal senior team.

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