Former Donegal and Fermanagh boss Rory Gallagher was voted in as Derry's new senior football manager, following a meeting at Owenbeg on Tuesday night.

Gallagher, who  was Jim McGuiness' assistant when Donegal took Sam back to the hills in 2012, has been handed a three year term.

He stepped down in July this year after after two years as Fermanagh manager after taking them to an Ulster Final in 2018 and helped them gain promotion to Division 2.

After a request for nominations from clubs, current U20 manager Mickey Donnelly, former captain Johnny McBride and a joint ticket of long-serving Coleraine boss Sean McGoldrick and Peter Doherty were all put forward.

Within days of approaches to Gallagher by Derry County Board, all three parties withdrew from the process.

Before Tuesday's ratification meeting, the clubs met and are understood to have put forward a proposal for the ratification process to be blocked.

The motion was defeated 24-15 in favour of appointing Gallagher.  Of the votes made on the night, Derry County Board had 11 with reports of nine clubs not represented.

The new boss takes over from ex-minor manager Damian McErlain, who stepped down with one year of his term still to run.

Under McErlain, Derry were relegated to division four in 2018 but bounced back up this season.

After running Tyrone close in the Ulster championship, they were beaten before bowing out of the All-Ireland series at home to Laois.

Derry have not won an Ulster senior title since Brian Mullins steered them to glory in 1998.

Under John Brennan they were beaten in the 2011 final by a Donegal team Gallagher coached to All-Ireland glory  a year later.

Gallagher played his club football with Erne Gaels in Fermanagh but won an All-Ireland Club title as a player with St Gall's and a Leinster title with Dublin club St Brigid's.

He also switched to Cavan club Crosserlough, where he played one game, and lined out for a season with the Breffni county team.

Gallagher's management team in Derry will include Ciaran Meenagh, who was part of McErlain's backroom team last season, is back on board with Enda Muldoon also part of the ticket.

Muldoon was joint manager of Banagher who won the intermediate league and championship last season.

Derry will play in Division Three of the NFL next season.  Their opponents will be Leitrim, Cork, Tipperary, Down, Louth, Offaly and Longford.

Gallagher and his new management team will be able to run their eye over all the players in the county, with the club championships kicking into action this weekend.

For an extensive look at all the games, grab a copy of this week's County Derry Post.

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