KEVIN CASSIDY’S Gaoth Dobhair club have expressed their disappointment with Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and the county board’s treatment of the two-time All-Star.
A club statement was read out by delegate Frank McEleney at Monday night’s county committee in Ballybofey in response to Cassidy’s axing from the county panel in November by McGuinness, who was unhappy with the wing-back’s participation in a booked written by Fermanagh-based journalist Declan Bogue, titled ‘This is our Year’.
The book chronicled the Ulster championship last summer, which Cassidy helped Donegal win, through the eyes of some of the main players from the nine counties. McGuinness also told Cassidy at the time he would not be welcome on the Donegal’s panel’s end of season holiday to Florida.
“The Gaoth Dobhair club would like to express our disappointment at the actions of the senior team manager and the county board at the expulsions of Kevin Cassidy, our club man, from the senior team panel and the subsequent team holiday,” the statement read.
“We feel that Donegal football is the main loser here. Kevin is a two-time All-Star, who played 124 games for our county. As a former county captain, we feel that he deserved better treatment than what he received. Our club has kept quiet on this matter in the hope that it could be resolved internally.
“We, as a club, are now asking that Kevin be left alone to get on with his family life, his work commitments and his club football.”