McGuinness’s new Donegal backroom in place

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

McGuinness’s new Donegal backroom in place
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has appointed a new backroom team in the form of Damien Diver, Paul McGonigle and John Duffy.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has appointed a new backroom team in the form of Damien Diver, Paul McGonigle and John Duffy.

All three played alongside McGuinness for Donegal and have come in to replace the outgoing Rory Gallagher, Maxi Curran and Francie Friel, who were surprisingly released last Tuesday.

Diver briefly assisted McGuinness in his early days as Donegal manager when he oversaw the strength and conditioning of the players based in the south-west of the county over the winter of 2010. The Ardara defender played for Donegal from 1996 until 2006.

McGonigle, the current club chairman of his native Buncrana, represented Donegal at senior between 2001 and 2004, while former Aodh Ruadh and Civil Service forward Duffy made his championship debut in the 1993 Ulster quarter-final replay against Armagh - one game after McGuinness first represented the county.

Prior to the announcement, McGuinness was in Dublin on Tuesday in his capacity as a judge for the Arthur Guinness Projects, refusing to go into detail on how the decision was made to change his backroom team but stating a new team was almost in place.

“It is something that has to be done and that is all that there is to it,” he said. “We are in the process of it now and we are very close to completion. Once it is done, it is just about meeting the players and starting the ball rolling.

I would know myself there’s only so many people that can fit that category. I’d know myself what I would need within the setup and what’s required. I’ve spoken to a few people and we’ll be making an announcement in the next couple of days.”