MAC’S VIEW: Time to heal the wounds and put Cassidy issue to bed

Brian McEniff

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Brian McEniff

THE WHOLE Kevin Cassidy saga and fallout is something I have refrained from commenting on too much up to now. My reason for not doing so was simple. I had hoped the whole thing would have been sorted out behind the scenes and Kevin would have been back in the squad by now.

THE WHOLE Kevin Cassidy saga and fallout is something I have refrained from commenting on too much up to now. My reason for not doing so was simple. I had hoped the whole thing would have been sorted out behind the scenes and Kevin would have been back in the squad by now.

But as we have seen again at the weekend that is not the case and it just keeps cropping up and will not go away.

But first, before I comment any further on the matter, I want to reflect on Sunday’s game and the defeat to Laois.

It goes without saying it was a disappointing result and there were a lot of disappointed Donegal people in O’Donnell Park, and watching on television, afterwards.

It was a poor performance and there is no other way of putting it. Laois just brushed us aside and I thought we looked tired and had all the appearances of a group of players that could do with a rest.

In the absence of powerful men of the stature of Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden, Kevin Cassidy and Martin McElhinney, it is understandable that we would struggle in the physical stakes.

Three of the forwards - Patrick McBrearty, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy and Martin O’Reilly - that started on Sunday were U-21, and a fourth Mark McHugh, is just 22.

I think it is expecting far too much for such young players to deliver in the absence of men of the quality of Murphy and McFadden.

It is for that reason I feel we need to get players the power , strength and maturity back on board as soon as possible. And yes, I do include Kevin Cassidy in that. Despite Sunday’s defeat all is not lost and we have not turned from a good team to a poor one over night.

It is all about mental attitude from here on. We have Cork in Ballybofey in three weeks time and it is now a matter of getting the heads right for the that game.

I also believe we need to have everybody back for the Cork game, either on the pitch or on the bench and that includes Kevin Cassidy.

As I stated earlier, I had refrained from commenting on the whole sorry Kevin Cassidy saga in the hope the whole matter would have been put to bed by now.

But that has not happened and after hearing both men being interviewed over the weekend I feel compelled to say something.

I think for the greater good of Donegal football the issue has to be resolved and the two men have to either get together or be brought together to sort out their differences.

Knowing both men well, there is probably a lot of hurt on both sides and it is very understandable that there would be. But it is good to talk.

They are both former teammates and good Donegal men. They have soldiered together for years in the green and gold and I don’t think it is beyond the bounds of possibility that they cannot sort out their difference.

I feel the time has come for someone from the county executive to take it on board and bring in a mediator to try and sort it out once and for all. And no disrespect to anyone inside the county, it might be advisable to go for somebody from outside; someone with an interest in Donegal football say like Martin Carney in Mayo.

Martin would in my book fit the bill. He is a former county player and is living outside the county and should have no baggage with either side, but always has the interest of Donegal football at heart. I certainly would love to see the matter resolved once and for all and ideally Kevin back in the Donegal squad. It would be for the good of Donegal football.

Finally, this week congratulations to the Donegal ladies on their win over Kildare are down in Kildare. It was a great result after losing to Cork the week before.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack