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'Social media has no impact on my life': Rory Gallagher statement after Donegal departure

The outgoing manager has ‘no interest’ in Facebook and Twitter.

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EX-DONEGAL FOOTBALL boss Rory Gallagher too time in his outgoing statement to rubbish claims that social media abuse was a factor in his departure.

Gallagher stepped down from the role officially last night, just over a week after a heavy Championship defeat at the hands of Galway.

The Championship exit prompted claims from Brian McEniff that Gallagher’s father Gerry had received verbal abuse from supporters, an incident Gerry Gallagher himself denies.

Subsequently, Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion described some ‘outrageous and shocking’ abuse leveled at Rory Gallagher on social media.

Gallagher himself, however, seemed oblivious to the digital discontent.

“I do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. I have no interest in social media whatsoever,” Gallagher said in a statement on Donegal’s website.

It has no impact on my life or my decision to step away from the senior team. Only the players and their families, the management and county board officers can appreciate the effort that the 2017 squad made this season.

“We understand fully the road we are on. It is the beginning of a new team. It will continue to need huge levels of commitment over the next number of years.

“To the players who I have coached and managed thanks for your hunger and desire to be better for Donegal. You should be very proud of yourselves. It made the training pitch a special place to be. We have had tough days and great days. Along the way we have had lots of fun.”

Along the way to that section of the statement, Gallagher also moved to thank his family and wife Nicola, the county board, chairmen, secretaries, treasurers, volunteers, backroom team, management and supporters.

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