Donegal’s tenure comes to a depressing conclusion

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal’s tenure comes to a depressing conclusion
Jim McGuinness insists he will conduct an appraisal of their season before making a decision on the future in the wake of the hammering by Mayo.

Jim McGuinness insists he will conduct an appraisal of their season before making a decision on the future in the wake of the hammering by Mayo.

Donegal’s reign as All-Ireland champions was spectacularly ended by James Horan’s side, who ran out 4-17 to 1-10 winners. It was the largest loss suffered by champions since Kerry hammered Dublin 5-11 to 0-9 in the 1978 final.

McGuinness’s side were blown away by the rampant Connacht champions and after the match the Donegal manager, who also works as a performance consultant at Celtic in Glasgow, what the future might hold.

“Our system is exactly the same every year,” he said yesterday. “We will look at the season and look at all the things – injury, hunger, games, ourselves and what we could’ve got better.

“Once all that is done we will know a lot more about our situation.

Everything will be based on that appraisal. That’s the way we have always done it and it won’t change because we got hammered today. It will just be a harder appraisal.

“I don’t know what’s going to come out of that process. That’s all I can say. I won’t be drawn into a ‘Will he? Won’t he?’ situation here.

I know at the moment that there’s a lot of stuff going on and we have got to get a handle on that and decide what is the best way forward.

We will do that in the next two to three weeks.”

McGuinness took over from John Joe Doherty in 2010 and lead Donegal to

two Ulster titles and the All-Ireland championship last year. Eamon McGee was red carded for stamping on Enda Varley.

“Jim’s term was for four years and he has three done,” said county board chairman Sean Dunnion last night. “We appreciate Jim’s situation with twins on the way and work in Scotland but we will sit down and discuss matters.”