O'Rourke a potential candidate for Derry vacancy

July 18, 2019

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Former Monaghan boss Malachy O’Rourke is among the early front runners to succeed Damian McErlain as Derry’s next senior football manager.

McErlain departed his post after two years in charge of the Oak Leafers, having also led the county’s minor footballers to an Ulster title and All-Ireland final appearance in 2017.

Fermanagh native O’Rourke, who stood down from his Farney post a month ago, has been sounded out as an early contender for the vacancy, having steered Loup to a Derry SFC crown along with Ulster honours back in 2003.

Elsewhere, Damian Cassidy, Peter Doherty and Paul McIver could be other names for the county board to consider, with former midfielder Johnny McBride and the joint U20 management of Mickey Donnelly and Chris Collins also thought to be in the early frame.

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