Malachy O’Rourke has stepped down as Monaghan boss after seven seasons in charge following their All-Ireland qualifier exit to Armagh in Clones.
After reaching their first All-Ireland semi-final in 30 year’s in 2018, Monaghan endured a difficult 2019. They barely survived the drop in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League before falling to arch-rivals Cavan in the opening round of the Ulster Championship.
Monaghan were drawn at home against Fermanagh in the opening round of the qualifiers and they came away with a 1-10 to 1-6 win over the Erne County, however, their performance was far from convincing.
Monaghan Manager Malachy O Rourke steps down after 7 years thanks for great memories Malachy!!
— @monaghangaa (@monaghangaa) June 22, 2019
Their prize for beating Fermanagh was another Ulster derby, this time with Armagh. The venue was again set for Clones with Monaghan heavily fancied to defeat an Armagh side who have gone to extra-time twice already this season.
However, two goals from Rian O’Neill helped propel Armagh to an eight-point win which means Monaghan are out of the Championship before July.
After seven years at the helm, O’Rourke announced he would be stepping away following the loss. The Fermanagh native took over the Farney County when they were at a low ebb.
O’Rourke guided Monaghan from Division 3 through to Division 1 where they have more than held their own over the past five seasons. O’Rourke led the county to two Ulster title in his tenure as well as last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.