Donegal have confirmed that Rory Gallagher has tendered his resignation with a year remaining in his term as manager.
The Fermanagh native succeeded All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness two years ago, but speculation had mounted regarding his future following a disappointing 2017 campaign, and he informed the County Board of his decision to vacate the role.
Local media reports claimed that Gallagher contacted the players on Monday evening to let them know he would no longer stay in the job.
Donegal fell to a comprehensive Ulster semi-final defeat to Tyrone, but regrouped to defeat Longford and Meath in the qualifiers, before Galway swept them aside 4-17 to 0-14 for a place in the quarter-finals.
Gallagher has come in for stinging criticism following the limp exit from the Championship, but has blooded a whole host of fresh players into the panel as the panel has been coped to force with some high-profile retirements and departures.
The 38-year-old was given a three-year term with an option for a fourth, but ahead of last night's County Committee meeting tonight, the County Board announced his immediate departure.
In 2011, he joined the Donegal senior football team as a selector and was a key member of McGuiness’ backroom team.
He helped to land Sam Maguire in the following year, before resigning from the post in 2013.
Gallagher was appointed to the Donegal hotseat in October 2014 and oversaw narrow provincial defeats in both seasons in charge to Monaghan and Tyrone respectively.
Donegal GAA wish to confirm Rory Gallagher has stood down as senior manager. Our thanks to Rory...full statement to follow— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) July 31, 2017