Cassidy departs Donegal panel

ALL-STAR wing-back Kevin Cassidy has parted company with the Donegal senior panel following a meeting with manager Jim McGuinness this afternoon.

ALL-STAR wing-back Kevin Cassidy has parted company with the Donegal senior panel following a meeting with manager Jim McGuinness this afternoon.

McGuinness was unwilling to make any comment on the matter last night only to confirm the rumours over the player’s departure. It had been suggested in certain quarters the Donegal manager was unhappy with

Cassidy’s participation in a newly released book titled ‘This is Our Year,’ which features players and management involved in the Ulster championship penned by Declan Bogue, a Fermanagh journalist and editor of Gaelic Life. At the book launch on Saturday night in Derrybeg in west Donegal it had been claimed that McGuinness had told all the senior county panellists not to attend, despite many of them being invited by

Cassidy.

The Gweedore clubman, who is seen as forthright in his opinions, is comfortable in media circles and has intermittently featured as an analyst on TG4’s coverage of Gaelic football. In the book, Cassidy tells

of his frustration at the John Joe Doherty era but speaks highly of McGuinness and the way in which he turned around Donegal’s fortunes.

Cassidy retired from inter-county football in 2010 after Donegal’s first round qualifier hammering at the hands of Armagh in Crossmaglen but was coaxed into a return within a number of weeks by McGuinness, who had taken over the reigns from Doherty.

“I’m not trying to get at anybody,” Cassidy said on Saturday at the launch. “I spoke to John Joe and Tony (Boyle, former mentor). When we discussed it I assured them I did not set out to hurt anyone or be

negative. What was in the book was how I felt at the time and that was it. I decided it (the participation in the book) was going to be honest and how I saw things and felt there was no point leaving things out to

be nice to this person and that.”