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All-Ireland winner and three-time Allstar McDonnell steps down as Armagh U21 boss

McDonnell has cited club commitments for his departure.

Steven McDonnell watches on during this year's Ulster U21 football semi-final.
Steven McDonnell watches on during this year's Ulster U21 football semi-final.
Image: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

ALL-IRELAND WINNER Steven McDonnell has stepped down as Armagh U21 football manager.

McDonnell’s departure was announced on the Armagh GAA website today.

“Stevie advised the county management committee that he wished to devote more time to club commitments,” an official statement read.

“Armagh County Board acknowledge the dedication and diligence of Stevie, his management and backroom team, thank them for their contribution to Armagh and wish them well in the future.”

McDonnell has been at the helm of the Armagh U21′s for the last two years.

This season Armagh defeated Antrim in the Ulster quarter-final before losing out 2-12 to 2-8 against a Tyrone side that went on to win the Ulster and All-Ireland crowns.

In 2014 they also overcame Antrim at the quarter-final stage before losing out by 0-15 to 0-10 in a semi-final tie against Donegal.

Steven McDonnell Steven McDonnell celebrates Armagh's 2005 Ulster final replay win. Source: INPHO

As a player McDonnell won seven Ulster senior football medals along with an All-Ireland medal in 2002 and a Division 1 league triumph in 2005.

McDonnell collected Allstar awards in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

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