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Rory Gallagher steps down as Fermanagh manager

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

02:47 29 Jul 2019

Rory Gallagher has stepped down as Fermanagh senior football manager after two-years in charge.

Gallagher led the Ernesiders to promotion to Division Two of the Allianz Football League last year.

They missed out on a place in the Division Two final this year because of a round 7 2-12 to 0-11 loss to Meath in Navan.

Gallagher was a member of Jim McGuinness' backroom team when Donegal won the All Ireland Football title in 2012, and succeeded Pete McGrath in the Fermanagh hot seat.

Fermanagh managed just two games in this year's Football Championship - a 0-15 to 0-9 Ulster quarter final defeat to Donegal, and first round qualifier loss to Monaghan.

Gallagher guided Fermanagh to the 2018 Ulster final following wins over Monaghan and Armagh, but they were eventually beaten by 12-points by Donegal. They fell victim to a buoyant Kildare in round 4 of last year's qualifiers to miss out on a place in the inaugural Super-8.

Fermanagh are the third Ulster side to undergo a change of management as a result of this year's Championship.

Damien McErlain stepped down from Derry due to personal reasons, and Malachy O'Rourke ended seven-years in charge of Monaghan following their qualifier loss to Ulster rivals Armagh.

A statement from Fermanagh GAA confirmed Gallagher's departure:

We have been notified today by Rory Gallagher that he is stepping down from the position of Fermanagh Senior Team Manager.

Fermanagh County Committee would like to thank Rory and his entire backroom team for all their hard work and commitment over the last two years.

We acknowledge the progress made in respect of their work with the county team having reached the Ulster final in 2018 and gaining promotion to NFL Division 2 in the same year, a status which was maintained in 2019.

We wish Rory and all members of his backroom team every success for the future.

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