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Mark McHugh rules out any involvement in next Derry managerial line-up – The Irish News

Mark McHugh rules out any involvement in next Derry managerial line-up – The Irish News

MARK McHugh, a former Allstar and All-Ireland winner with Donegal, has ruled out any involvement with Derry’s new reserve team.

As part of a possible return for Rory Gallagher, there have been rumours that McHugh, a player who played for Donegal when they were managed by Gallagher, could become part of his backroom staff.

McHugh is currently with Galway top flight club Moycullen, having worked with Davy Burke’s Roscommon side in 2023, and previously with Fermanagh Minors and Donegal Ladies.

Speaking at the AIB press conference ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final, McHugh ruled out a move to Derry.

“I’m now involved with Moycullen, I still play senior football for my home club and this year we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary so we’re trying to celebrate that as best we can,” McHugh said.

“That’s what I’m focused on now and I haven’t had any contact with Derry, I’ll be honest. That’s the openness.

“But listen, I don’t know what the future holds. There are new jobs in this game all the time and this is the one that you think suits you best. I’ve got a young family at home and I see that when I finished (playing for) Donegal I’ve been on the road every year since, so maybe a break.

”But I have a long summer ahead of me, between playing for my club and training with Moycullen, but I’ll think about it later. But I definitely won’t go to Derry.”

McHugh said the “rumours” of discontent coming from Derry all season did not bode well for either the team or Harte.

“Was I surprised?” he asked, referring to the departure of the great Tyrone. “I suppose not in the long run, because you’ve heard rumours in recent months about things that have been going on in the camp, there’s no point lying about it.

“You hear things happening, you don’t know if it’s true or false, but you don’t hear anything from the other four teams, let’s say that.

“Usually when you hear things like that, there’s a little bit of anxiety. So listen, probably for his own mental health, he might have thought, ‘I don’t need this in my life,’ and decided to leave.”