Donegal begin process to replace McGuinness

Maxi Curran, Rory Gallagher and Jim McGuinness.

The Donegal County Board have formed a county management committee to appoint successors to their outgoing county managers.

Jim McGuinness stepped aside as senior manager last Friday, following four years at the helm where he won three Ulster championships and the 2012 All-Ireland title.

Donegal U21s are also looking for a manager, although Maxi Curran is likely to reapply having taken the team to the Ulster final this year.

County chairman Sean Dunnion, secretary Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh and treasurer Cieran Kelly will spearhead the selection team.

Once the candidates are known, they will be joined by another member of the county executive and a fifth person who is deemed qualified but comes from outside the executive.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 17, and interested parties have been requested to contact the county secretary. Clubs have been invited to send in nominations for the position, if they see fit, while the selection committee may also contact persons it deems qualified.

The county management committee will meet again tomorrow to further discuss the senior and U21 positions. Donegal aim to ratify a new manager at their next county committee meeting on November 3.

Rory Gallagher, the former Fermanagh footballer who was McGuinness’s assistant from 2011 to 2013, is considered the front-runner at this early stage.

Gallagher, who lives in Killybegs and co-manages Kilcar with John McNulty, worked with Curran’s U21 backroom team last year.

Declan Bonner’s tenure as minor manager concluded, like McGuinness’s did at the seniors, with defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland final last month.

Bonner is also in the shake-up for the senior role but it is understood he is considering staying with the minors for 2015.

“At this stage, I have spoken to no-one,” he said on Monday.

“I haven’t decided anything at this stage. In fact, I haven’t even thought about it.”


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