“The manager has the decision” - Manus Boyle

“The manager has the decision” - Manus Boyle
Manus Boyle believes Donegal would be better not washing their dirty linen in public in the wake of another week in the news.

Manus Boyle believes Donegal would be better not washing their dirty linen in public in the wake of another week in the news.

Jim McGuinness on Tuesday released three members of his backroom team, including assistant manager Rory Gallagher. Speculation has been rife over how events actually unfolded with little official word.

“What annoys me and perhaps it’s something in our DNA, is the way we can’t keep these sort of things quiet,” said Boyle, who scored nine points in the 1992 All-Ireland win over Dublin.

“We’re always considered a bit of a laughing stock in the national media and they were on RTE radio today about ‘more Shenanigans in Donegal.’ If Brian Cody was changing his backroom in Kilkenney it would never be handled like this.”

Gallagher, video analyst Maxi Curran and kitman Francie Friel will not be part of the Donegal backroom team for 2014, a brief statement from the Donegal County Board said on Tuesday night.

“It came as a bolt from the blue,” said Boyle of the news. “I know from talking to a lot of the players over the last three years that Rory 
was certainly a big part of 
the set-up and was very passionate about football 
in Donegal.

“Rory and Jim had a good partnership and they worked well together but the manager has the decision. I found the news surprising as if anyone was to walk, I presumed they would have done so in the wake of the loss to Mayo. “But when Jim met with the clubs to plan the fixtures it’s fair to assume that was probably the final piece of the jigsaw before his 
reappointment.”

After having the issue of fixtures and player availability resolved, the county board confirmed last Saturday evening that McGuinness would be in charge for a fourth term next year.

He met with his backroom on Sunday and Gallagher, Curran, Friel and goalkeeping coach Pat Shovelin were present either in Ballybofey and Letterkenny at the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC quarter-finals.

“Whatever things were underlying must’ve come to a head on Sunday,” Boyle added. “Whatever disagreement there was must’ve caught Jim by surprise but there’s plenty of time for him.

“Jim has a few weeks and there might be certain individuals in his mind that are tied up with clubs right now. But I’m sure whoever he makes the call to will consider the position as it’s not one too many would turn down.”