Derry confirm Rory Gallagher departure is permanent

Rory Gallagher will have no further involvement with the Derry footballers this year.

The county board confirmed on Tuesday night that Gallagher, a former Donegal manager and native of Belleek in Fermanagh, had stepped down as Derry bainisteoir – with Ciaran Meenagh seeing out the year in charge.

Gallagher became Derry manager in 2019 and led the county to their Ulster title in 2022, their first since 1998 – as well as three league promotion in four seasons.

He had stepped back from the role last weekend, following allegations of historic domestic abuse made by his estranged wife, Nicola.

He’d maintained those allegations had been dealt with at the time by the relevant authorities.