Rethink of soccer needed - Fr Mick

One of Donegal soccer’s most influential personalities has called for a “radical rethink” to help improve falling standards in the county.

One of Donegal soccer’s most influential personalities has called for a “radical rethink” to help improve falling standards in the county.

“I think there are too many organisations running the game in Donegal,” claimed former administrator and founding member of the Donegal League, Fr Mick Sweeney, this week.

Speaking at a special celebration in Letterkenny marking the old summer cup competitions, he said that football in the county was not at the standard it should be.

The Ulster Senior League had originally been established to embrace clubs in Derry, Tyrone, Cavan and Monaghan as well as sides in Donegal but ultimately it ended up involving clubs in the Donegal and Inishowen Leagues, he pointed out.

“There needs to be a radical rethink about the whole thing,” insisted Fr Sweeney, who argued that divisions within were not helping the game here, citing a lack of cooperation between the various bodies.

Calling for those who loved the game to sit down and outline a strategy for football in Donegal, he declared: “I believe it would be better if just the one organisation was running things.”