Malachy O'Rourke to remain Monaghan football manager until the end of 2019

Malachy O'Rourke
Malachy O'Rourke has led the Farney county to two Ulster titles

Malachy O'Rourke will remain in charge of the Monaghan footballers until the end of the 2019 season.

O'Rourke announced last month that he would be staying at the helm in 2017 despite Monaghan's disappointing 2016.

On Tuesday, the Monaghan county board said that the Fermanagh man's stint had been extended until then end of 2019.

Finbarr Fitzpatrick has stepped down from his selector's role but Ryan Porter and Leo Mc Bride will remain as part of his backroom team.

O'Rourke has been in charge of Monaghan for the past four seasons.

The Farney County lost to Donegal after a replay at the semi-final stage of this year's Ulster SFC and then crashed out to Longford in a shock defeat in the All-Ireland qualifiers second round.

O'Rourke indicated he would continue "following a period of reflection".

In his four years in charge to date, Monaghan have won the Football League Division Two and Three League titles, and reached a Division One semi-final in 2015.

They will again compete in Division One in 2017.

O'Rourke's men have also won two Ulster Championships in 2013 and 2015 and were defeated finalists in 2014.

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