Damian McErlain has resigned from his position as Derry senior football manager.
McErlain led the Oakleaf County to three successive Ulster Minor Final’s, winning two before graduating to the senior job after guiding them minors to the All-Ireland Final.
The Magherafelt man was two years into a three year fixed term after leading the county to the Division Four National Football League title this spring.
Speaking after his departure, McErlain said;
“I have decided to step down as Derry Senior Manager after my 2 years in charge.
“The rationale is very much based on personal circumstances and its with disappointment that I won’t be finishing my 3 year term.
“After 5 years in total in Owenbeg it’s been a big shift with some great memories and challenges in equal measure, but I now have to focus on prioritising myself & my family.
“I am extremely proud to have managed my County at both Minor and Senior level but for now it’s time to move on. Doire Abu.”
Derry GAA have also released a statement thanking McErlain for his contribution to the county.
“After speaking with Damian McErlain, Derry GAA confirms that we have reluctantly accepted his resignation as Derry senior football manager.
We would like to sincerely thank Damian, his management and backroom teams, and all our players for their efforts over the past two years.
Damian has been involved with Derry minor and senior football teams for the past five years and has been a central figure in helping to develop a new generation of Derry footballers.
We would like wish Damian, his wife Sinead and family every health and happiness going forward.
The process of appointing a new senior football management will commence over the coming days and weeks.”