Mac Niallais backs Gallagher for Donegal role

Donegal and CLG Ghaoth Dobhair footballer Odhrán Mac Niallais with Tipperary hurlerand Killenaule hurler Kieran Bergin at the launch of the GAA National Club Draw at Croke Park.

Odhrán Mac Niallais will be happy to play under any of the four candidates to succeed Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager — but his personal favourite is Rory Gallagher.

The Fermanagh native, along with Paddy Carr, Cathal Corey and Anthony Harkin, is set to be interviewed this week for the position. Having played under him before, Mac Niallais knows just how good he is. “He’s a top man. His knowledge of the game is right up there, it’s unbelievable. I worked with him last year under Jim and the U21s, in 2011. He’s definitely capable of managing inter-county. He’s managed Kilcar, he’s done good work with them. I’d be happy enough to play for him. He’s spent three or four years under Jim, sure what more do you need to manage inter-county than get that experience of Jim McGuinness?”

Mac Niallais would love to see McGuinness return to the helm one day but feels the Glenties man is making big waves in Scotland and has the ability to take over Celtic in the future.

“I don’t see what not. [Look at] what he’s done to this Donegal team. When you look back to the position this Donegal team were in, they were down and out and he turned that around. I don’t see why he couldn’t manage Celtic.”


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