Donegal Celtic rocked by mass resignations from club

Paddy Kelly
Paddy Kelly was in his second spell as DC manager

Irish Premiership side Donegal Celtic has been rocked by the resignation of manager Paddy Kelly, a number of coaches and entire football committee.

It is believed that an internal club dispute between the football club and the social club regarding the future of DC has prompted the departures.

First-team coach Sean Hawkins took charge of the team for Friday night's 2-1 defeat at Portadown.

Kelly had been in his second spell as boss of the Suffolk Road club.

Donegal Celtic defender Declan O'Hara assisted Hawkins in the dugout at Shamrock Park.

A statement released by Brian Burns, the club's media officer, said:

"Due to several circumstances and actions beyond our control the football committee and senior management team have, with deep regret, decided to officially resign from all duties and responsibilities within football at Donegal Celtic Park."

Burns then also resigned from his post.

DC currently lie seventh in the Premiership table.

Kelly succeeded Marty Tabb as manager in September 2010.