McGuinness and GAA officials clash over fixtures

Tom Comack

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Tom Comack

A row has erupted in Donegal between senior GAA football manager Jim McGuinness and county board officials over the decision to go ahead with club championship games in the county this weekend.

A row has erupted in Donegal between senior GAA football manager Jim McGuinness and county board officials over the decision to go ahead with club championship games in the county this weekend.

McGuinness, who has led the county to its first Ulster final in five years, has in particular accused Competitions Control Committee (CCC) chairman Charlie Cannon and CCC secretary Ed Byrne of working against him and the team. McGuinness makes the accusation after a request from the team management to have the games postponed until after the Ulster final against Derry was turned down. The Ulster Final is scheduled for Sunday fortnight, July 17th.

However, his accusations have been rejected by Charlie Cannon, who insisted the CCC always try to accommodate the county team.

The head of the CCC also insisted, as he did earlier in the week, that due to the schedule of games both at club and county level, their hands were tied on the matter. He said the committee had no choice but to go ahead with the games as planned. He said there are simply not enough weekends between now and September 25th, the date set for the county final, to allow for postponements.

The manager’s disappointment was compounded when he read in the Irish News yesterday (Wednesday) that Ulster Council PRO Oliver Galligan claimed it was up to Donegal to run their own fixtures.

In Tuesday’s Democrat/ Peoples Press, Charlie Cannon had stated that the fixtures had already been forwarded to the Ulster Council and Croke Park and were set in stone.

However, referring to Mr. Galligan’s claim that the championship fixtures could have been postponed, Jim McGuinness said the only conclusion he could draw from the matter was that the chairman and secretary of the CCC in Donegal were not working with him and the county team, but against them.

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