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Malachy O'Rourke to remain in charge of Monaghan for a fifth year

O’Rourke considered his position after they exited the championship to Longford.

DESPITE THEIR EARLY exit in the championship this year, Malachy O’Rourke will remain in charge of Monaghan senior footballers in 2017.

Malachy O'Rourke Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

The 2015 Ulster champions’s season ended after they were dumped out of the qualifiers by Longford, having also been beaten in Ulster by Donegal.

A statement from Monaghan GAA read: “Following a period of reflection after Monaghan’s early exit from the championship this year Malachy O’ Rourke has confirmed that he will continue as Monaghan GAA senior men’s manager for a 5thsuccessive season.

“Malachy and his backroom team are looking forward to the challenges a new season will bring.”

After taking time to mull over his future, O’Rourke has committed to a fifth season in charge. During his tenure over the Farneymen, they won two Ulster championships in 2013 and 2015, while reaching the final in 2014.

O’Rourke also led the county to Allianz Division 2 and 3 titles, and they reached the Division 1 semi-final in 2015.

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