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Donegal GAA has announced that their district administration has agreed to retain current Interprovincial Manager Declan Bonner.
Bonner is in his second stint as county manager for four years and will stay on for at least another two years should his contract expire.
The 1992 All-Ireland winner has been at the helm since September 2017, leading his side to two Ulster Championships and one failed final in 2020.
They also won Division Two of the Allianz National League in 2019 after being relegated in Bonner’s first season back.
However, Bonner has yet to reach the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship as manager of the squad.
The forgotten county fell short in the Super 8s in 2018 and 2019, losing to Tyrone (and Dublin) in 2018 after winning the Anglo-Celt Cup.
A defeat to Cavan in the 2020 Ulster Championship final dropped the squad from the All-Ireland final after changes were made to the championship’s line-up due to the pandemic.
In 2021 they finished their season without reaching an Ulster final – the first time they did under Bonner in his second stint.
Donegal fell to Tyrone in a six point loss in the semi-final of the provincial competition.
A statement posted on the county council’s website reads: “At last Wednesday’s County Committee meeting, Declan Bonner presented his report on the 2021 Allianz League Division 1 campaign and the Ulster Championship and announced that he was interested in a new term as Senior Donegal County Manager.
“Chairman Mick McGrath noted that Declan’s post was also open to other candidates at the end of his term and invited clubs to nominate candidates at 5pm on Sunday evening.
“As of the deadline on Sunday night, no club had nominated another candidate and tonight the County Executive advised Declan for a second two-year term to the County Committee, which approved this decision.”
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