Derry footballers are on the hunt for a new manager after the county board confirmed they "reluctantly accepted" Damian McErlain's resignation.

After two seasons in charge of the Oak Leaf County’s seniors, McErlain told Derry GAA officials that he would be standing down with a year still to run on his deal.

His first season in charge didn’t go well, with the team relegated to Division 4 of the league, but they bounced straight back up this season, going unbeaten and winning the final in Croke Park.

In 2018 and ’19 Derry exited the Ulster championship at the first hurdle, losing to Donegal and Tyrone respectively.

They didn’t win a championship game last summer, but McErlain did break his duck with a qualifier win over Wexford this season before losing to Laois.

"After speaking with Damian McErlain, Derry GAA confirms that we have reluctantly accepted his resignation as Derry senior football manager," said an official statement.

Derry captain Chrissy McKaigue with the Division 4 trophy

"We would like to sincerely thank Damian, his management and backroom teams, and all our players for their efforts over the past two years. 

"Damian has been involved with Derry minor and senior football teams for the past five years and has been a central figure in helping to develop a new generation of Derry footballers.

"We would like wish Damian, his wife Sinead and family every health and happiness going forward.

"The process of appointing a new senior football management will commence over the coming days and weeks."

McErlain guided Derry to the 2018 All-Ireland minor final, where they were beaten by David Clifford inspired Kerry.