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Rory Gallagher resigns as Fermanagh manager

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher has stepped down as manager of Fermanagh's senior football team.

The former Donegal chief informed county board officials and players of his decision on Monday morning, shortly before an announcement was made.

Gallagher guided the county to their first Ulster final in 10 years when they reached the 2018 decider, beaten 2-18 to 0-12 by Donegal.

It continued an impressive season in which the Erne County had also won promotion back to Division Two.

That position was comfortably maintained as victories over Clare, Donegal and Kildare helped the county to a third placed finish.

Donegal, however, returned to end Fermanagh's Ulster SFC bid in this year's quarter-final and a four-point loss to Monaghan in the first qualifier meant an early end to the season for Gallagher and his squad.

Since that June 9 defeat, speculation has surrounded the manager's future but his departure has now been confirmed.

Dominic Corrigan, who guided the Erne County to the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2003, has been linked with a return to the post.

"Fermanagh County Committee would like to thank Rory and his entire backroom team for all their hard work and commitment over the last two years," read a county board statement.

"We acknowledge the progress made in respect of their work with the county team having reached the Ulster final in 2018 and gaining promotion to NFL Division 2 in the same year, a status which was maintained in 2019.

"We wish Rory and all members of his backroom team every success for the future."

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