Donegal senior and intermediate championships to be parked until August?

Donegal senior and intermediate championships to be parked until August?
The Donegal Senior and Intermediate Football Championships may not begin until late August in 2014.

The Donegal Senior and Intermediate Football Championships may not begin until late August in 2014.

That is the most likely outcome after the meeting of county manager, Jim McGuinness with the representative of club of the county at a meeting in Ballybofey on Friday night.

It was proposed that one round of the championship could be played in late April or early May, but the clubs were not totally happy with that.

The Donegal manager addressed the meeting hoping to clear the way for a championship free zone in the preparation of the Donegal team for the Ulster championship.

It was a busy evening for Jim McGuinness as his wife, Yvonne, gave birth to twin girls also on Friday.

After the Donegal manager addressed the meeting, the clubs had a good discussion on the matter and there was a consensus that playing one round of games in April or early May and then parking the championship until Donegal exited the championship would not be very beneficial to clubs.

The alternative that the championship begin after Donegal exited the championship received much more support.

The club officers must now take the deliberations of the meeting back to their clubs for discussion and they will meet again at county level on Tuesday night to make a final decision. Tuesday night’s meeting will have one delegate per club.

It is felt that if the decision to park the championship until Donegal’s exit would be a decision very much favoured by Jim McGuinness. One of the other requests from the team manager was to have all league games on the one day, either Saturday or Sunday so to give the team management the players for a full day at the weekend. It is felt this would not be a problem for the fixtures committee.

These decisions are among some of the issues which will assist Jim McGuinness as he continues to make his final decision whether to complete his fourth year in charge of the county.