Donegal County Board has officially confirmed that Stephen Rochford will join Declan Bonner’s backroom team next year as a coach.

Rochford stepped down as Mayo manager following the county's failure to make the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8 stage – their earliest Championship exit since 2010 after leading the county to successive one-point All-Ireland defeats to Dublin in 2015 and 2016.

Rochford will replace the outgoing Karl Lacey, who decided to step away due to family commitments.

Anthony McGrath and John McElhome have also departed, with Aaron Kyles joining the new-look backroom team for 2019.

Earlier this week former Donegal player Brendan Devenney said it was a hugely positive move for the county.

"I didn’t expect this," he told RTÉ Sport. "It’s a strange one from a Donegal perspective, but even more so for himself probably.

"He can bring a lot to the table. For them young Donegal lads, they will have watched the runs of Mayo and them battles and they will respect Rochford as soon as he comes in.

"It’s definitely a big coup for Declan Bonner and Donegal."