Rory Gallagher says social media abuse was not the reason for him quitting his role as Donegal manager.
The Donegal county board reportedly contacted Facebook to formally complain about a number of deeply personal insults directed at their manager by some users on the site.
Administrators of the site took action and suspended a number of accounts who has made insulting remarks about the Fermanagh native.
Gallagher said in a statement released on Tuesday: “I do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. I have no interest in Social Media whatsoever. It has no impact on my life or my decision to step away from the senior team”
“I would like to thank those that have contributed to my involvement with Donegal over the last 7 years.
“To my wife Nicola and family, I could never have given the time and effort required without the unconditional support from you all.
“I'd like to thank all the County Board Officers I have both met and worked closely with particularly County Chairmen, PJ McGowan & Sean Dunnion, County Secretaries, Aodh Martin O' Fearraigh and Aideen Gillen, County Treasurers, Grace Boyle and Cieran Kelly. I appreciate the contribution everybody makes as volunteers.
“A massive thanks to all the management and backroom who have supported myself and the players. Your contributions have been invaluable.
“The County's supporters have been outstanding throughout the 7 years particularly when we needed you most, days like Carrick on Shannon in 2013, Croke Park v Cork in 2016 and Navan in 2017 stand out. Having come off defeats the team really appreciated it.
“To the players who I have coached and managed thanks for your hunger and desire to be better for Donegal.
“You should be very proud of yourselves. It made the training pitch a special place to be. We have had tough days and great days. Along the way we have had lots of fun.
“Your total support and loyalty throughout the 7 years means a lot.
“I'd like to wish all those involved with Donegal GAA the very best in the future.”