Following the resignation of Rory Gallagher after a bitterly disappointing 2017 championship, former All-Ireland winner and Donegal’s current under-21 manager, Declan Bonner has staked his claim for the position of senior football manager.
Having told the Donegal Democrat earlier in the week that he had yet to decide on putting his name forward, Highland Radio, have now confirmed that Bonner would be putting his name forward to be considered for the role.
Bonner won an All-Ireland with Donegal back in 1992, and he would take on the role of senior football manager from 1997 to 2000. He has been in charge of the under-21 team in recent seasons and led the team to this year’s Ulster title.
A number of the current under-21 team made their senior debuts in 2017, making a potential appointment for Bonner sound like a seamless transition. Bonner also led the Donegal minor footballers to an All-Ireland final back in 2014.
Donegal looked like recapturing the form that led to them lifting Sam Maguire in 2012 and come agonisingly close again 2014. The boots left vacant by Jim McGuinness were very hard to fill and Rory Gallagher looked to bringing stability to the the Tír Chonaill men in 2017.
A promising league alongside a promising under-21 campaign had hopes high for Donegal ahead of the 2017 championship, but heavy losses to Tyrone and Galway left Donegal out of the championship and manager-less by the end of July.
The job of Donegal senior football manager is one of the more attractive ones out there and it will be interesting to see who leads them into 2018.
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