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Paddy Carr Resigns As Donegal Manager Six League Games Into Reign

Paddy Carr Resigns As Donegal Manager Six League Games Into Reign
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Paddy Carr has resigned as Donegal senior football manager ahead of this weekend's final round of games in the Allianz Football League.

“Following a discussion with some senior members of the Donegal football team, I want to announce that I’m stepping away from the position of Donegal team Manager with immediate effect," Carr said in a statement issued by the county board.

"I want nothing more than the best for Donegal and that will never change."

Paddy Carr statement


Carr was appointed as manager in October following a long search for a successor to Declan Bonner.


It has been a disappointing league campaign for Donegal. After beating Kerry in the opening round, they picked up just one more point in a draw with Galway, and find themselves almost certainly heading for a drop from the top tier.

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19 March 2023; Caolan Ward, left, and Caolan McGonagle of Donegal after their side's defeat in the Allianz Football League Division 1 match against Mayo. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

At the weekend, they lost by 11 points at home to Mayo, adding to defeats inflicted by Tyrone, Monaghan and Armagh. They face Roscommon this weekend needing an unlikely series of results to avoid relegation to Division 2.

Carr's resignation is another moment in a period of serious turmoil for Donegal football. Earlier this year, Karl Lacey stepped down as head of the county's academy.

Carr had given up his role as principal of Colaiste na Mí in Navan to concentrate on being Donegal manager. The Fanad man follows Ray Dempsey in departing an inter-county management role before the end of the league. Demspey stepped down as Limerick football manager earlier this month following a meeting of the county's panel.


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