Devenney has sympathy for McElhinney

Former Donegal star Brendan Devenney has spoken on the row that erupted this week between Jim McGuinness and Dublin City University coach, Niall Moyna, over Martin McElhinney.

Former Donegal star Brendan Devenney has spoken on the row that erupted this week between Jim McGuinness and Dublin City University coach, Niall Moyna, over Martin McElhinney.

And while he understands the pressure Jim McGuinness is under with the National League just around the corner, his sympathy is with the player.

“Martin McElhinney might well consider DCU to be number one. He’s got his course to consider and the Sigerson Cup coming up. Donegal are obviously going to become number one later in the year,” the former county ace told Off the Ball on Newstalk, on Tuesday night.

“It put Martin in an awkward position. With the game being on Sunday initially it was fine but once it was switched to the Saturday I think he should have been given the day off.”

But Devenney also acknowledged that after losing three games in the Dr. McKenna Cup that Jim McGuinness was anxious to have everyone as they got down to preparing for the league in earnest.

“Jim knows what Martin’s about. I guess it’s that thing where managers are under pressure and it’s like Mickey Harte saying to the Tyrone lads if you want to be part of Tyrone then I want to see you in McKenna Cup to see what you’re about.

“It puts players in awkward positions and their futures outside of football are in the hands of the colleges and what they want to learn. It’s about getting the right mix but in this case with DCU playing Meath that night Martin could’ve been given the day off.”