Rory Gallagher has been appointed the manager of the Derry senior footballers for 2020. The news broke this evening that the former Donegal and Fermanagh boss will take up the helm on a three-year deal.
The news was released on the Derry GAA Twitter page in which they released a statement to confirm the appointment of Gallagher. It read “Following tonights (Tuesday) meeting of Coiste Chonate Doire, Derry GAA are pleased to announce the senior football management for the incoming year”. The statement continued, “All-Ireland winning coach Rory Gallagher has been appointed on a three-year term”. He will lead an experienced management team with All-Ireland club winner and former Derry senior footballer and all-star Enda Muldoon who will act as a selector, Ciaran Meenagh who has previously worked with the Oakleafers is also on board.
Derry will operate from Division 3 in 2020 after gaining promotion after beating Leitrim in the Division 4 final earlier this year. One thing is for sure under Gallagher they will be defensively strong and will be hard to play against. Gallagher builds his team around defending and I don’t expect that to change here either. Getting Derry up to Division 2 for 2021 would be the first step for Gallagher who will likely bring in new faces to his squad as the months go on.