County Board executive meet tonight to assess McGuinness’s pleas

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

County Board executive meet tonight to assess McGuinness’s pleas
The executive of the Donegal County Board will meet tonight to discuss proposals from a meeting with manager Jim McGuinness on Saturday.

The executive of the Donegal County Board will meet tonight to discuss proposals from a meeting with manager Jim McGuinness on Saturday.

McGuinness was non-committal on his future on ‘The Championship’ on BBC Northern Ireland yesterday

“I haven’t decided yet to be honest,” he said when questioned whether he would be at the helm for a fourth season.

“At the end of the year we do an analysis of players, medical, staff and so forth. That hasn’t been finalised yet.

McGuinness said in the wake of his side’s 4-17 to 1-10 hammering by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-final he would meet his panel and conduct a season appraisal.

On Saturday morning, McGuinness, selector Maxi Curran and goalkeeping coach Pat Shovlin met the senior panel in Letterkenny. Assistant Rory Gallagher is on holiday in the USA.

The Donegal management then met county chairman Sean Dunnion, treasurer Grace Boyle and secretary Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh in a meeting said to have lasted 75 minutes.

It was reported on Saturday night McGuinness had agreed to continue his tenure, which has seen him win last year’s All-Ireland and two Ulster titles in three seasons.

“There is no truth in that,” he added on BBC. “I haven’t given my decision to anybody.

“All the systems have to be in place to prepare the team properly and I don’t think we got that this year at some levels. So that is one of the issues we will have to look at.

“I have had a couple of fantastic years and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It was a fantastic journey but the reality is everything has to be right to prepare teams. I don’t want to be Donegal manager for the sake of being Donegal manager,” said McGuinness.

Chairman Sean Dunnion believes the matter will be resolved early next month and said McGuinness’s proposals would be brought up tonight at the scheduled meeting of the executive.

“We had a good discussion with the county management,” Dunnion said.

“It was always part of the plan and he brought some things to our attention and we will be discussing them with the executive to see if we can reach agreement.

“Like everyone in the county, we would be very keen to see Jim stay on.”