Rory Gallagher has been appointed manager of the Derry senior football side just two months after stepping down from his native Fermanagh.
Gallagher’s management team will include Ciaran Meenagh and Enda Muldoon, the former Derry All-Star who won an All-Ireland with his club Ballinderry.
Gallagher spent the last two seasons in charge of Fermanagh where he guided the Erne County to a first Ulster decider in ten years in 2018 before nearly guiding the county to back-to-back promotions that would have seen them up to Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.
According to Cahair O’Kane of The Irish News, there was thought to be pushback from the clubs in Derry around Gallagher’s appointment. However, it was more to do with the selection process rather than Gallagher’s credentials.
He was officially ratified though as the county’s new manager late on Tuesday evening.
Elsewhere, former Kerry boss Jack O’Connor was officially ratified as the Kildare manager on a three-year basis with Ross Glavin and Tom Cribben on board as his selectors.
Colm Collins has also been confirmed as Clare football boss for a seventh year meaning he will remain as the third longest-serving football manager in the country behind Mickey Harte and Jim Gavin.