GAA: Declan Bonner has been ratified as the new Donegal U21 manager following a meeting with the Donegal County Board.
Bonner takes over from outgoing U21 manager Maxi Curran who was the helm for four years as U21 manager.
Bonner led the Donegal minors to their first Ulster MFC in eight years when they defeated Armagh 2-12 to 0-10 in the 2014 decider.
The side went on to reach the All-Ireland final, famously defeated Dublin in the semi-final before being narrowly defeated by Kerry in the final.
However, this year there was disappointment for the minor side who were tipped to retain Ulster and possibly win the All-Ireland.
They won the Minor league comfortably and defeated Tyrone and Armagh comfortably before they fell to a shock loss in their Ulster semi-final clash with Derry.
There was controversy throughout their Ulster campaign which affected the side’s preparation.
After their first-round win over Tyrone – allegations emerging that Donegal captain Michael Carroll was taunted about the death of his father Francie.
Then following the victory over Armagh, two Donegal players were given a TWO month for an incident that occurred in the tunnel during half-time.
That ban was eventually reversed and Bonner will be hoping he can continue on the success he has made with the minors at U21 level.
Succeeding Bonner in the minor position will be Milford man Sean Paul Barrett.
Barrett has coached Donegal sides at U16 level to Buncrana Cup success and also took the Donegal U17 development side which won the McGuigan Cup.