Declan Bonner named new Donegal football manager on three-year deal

Declan Bonner
Declan Bonner previously managed Donegal from 1997 to 2000

Declan Bonner's appointment as the new Donegal football manager has been confirmed as he was handed a three-year term on Friday night.

A meeting of Donegal's clubs in Ballybofey rubber-stamped the Na Rossa clubman's appointment.

A selection committee interviewed Bonner along with other candidates Shaun Paul Barrett and Cathal Corey.

The selection committee recommended Bonner be handed the role for a second time and the clubs endorsed that view.

Bonner was regarded as the favourite for the role since Rory Gallagher announced he was stepping down from the position in July.

1992 All-Ireland winner Bonner previously managed Donegal from 1997 to 2000, when his reign included a narrow 1998 Ulster Final defeat by Derry.

While his closing two years in the Donegal job were less successful as, in those straight knockout days, the team suffered Ulster quarter-final defeats by Armagh (after a replay) and Fermanagh, Bonner has re-established his managerial credentials with impressive work with the underage squads in the county.

Bonner guided Donegal minors to the 2014 All-Ireland final, where they lost narrowly to Kerry, while his under-21 team won this year's Ulster title.

After Rory Gallagher's resignation, former Donegal forward Brendan Devenney told BBC Sport NI that Bonner was the "only genuine candidate" for the role.

Gallagher has since become the new Fermanagh manager.

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