It's two years since Rory Gallagher succeeded Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager. Under Gallagher, Donegal have exited the Championship as the quarter-final stage in both 2015 and 2016. Last year it was to Mayo, this year to Dublin. They have also lost two Ulster finals.
It is a period of transition for Donegal. Several experienced players are likely to announce their retirements this winter. Colm McFadden has already done so. Rory Kavanagh has admitted his time in inter-county football is probably up. Christy Toye, Eamon McGee and Karl Lacey could follow.
Rory Kavanagh has admitted he's probably done now with Donegal. Incredible servant to his county. Several more to follow I'd say.
— David McIntyre (@DaveMcIntyreIRL) August 6, 2016
The possibility of losing such experience has not deterred Gallagher. According to the Irish Sun, he has issued the Donegal County Board with an ultimatum regarding his future. He wants a further four years in the role, time which will allow him to build a squad. If he's not given that, the Fermanagh native is willing to walk away.
The Donegal County Board reportedly met on Monday to discuss Gallagher's request. Instead of a four-year term, they will offer him a three-year period in charge with the option of a fourth. That would be the same deal which he was given two years ago.