McGuinness keen on Donegal job

Former midfielder Jim McGuinness has publicly stated his interest in becoming the next Donegal senior football manager.

In an interview with Highland Radio, McGuinness, the current manager of the Donegal Under-21s, confirmed that he has put his name forward for the senior role.

"It was something I gave a lot of consideration to. It's a big job with a lot of responsibility," he said.

"Considering where the team are at, it's going to be a big job to reconstruct them and bring them back where we'd like them to be, and that's competing for Ulster Championships and hopefully All-Irelands.

"From that point of view, there's going to be an awful lot of commitment required.

"The person that will be in charge of the team will have to be out at the front, leading that commitment and then hopefully the players would follow that."

John Joe Doherty recently resigned as Donegal boss, following their disappointing exit from the All-Ireland qualifiers at the hands of Armagh.

McGuinness, a member of Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland winning panel, is the only candidate so far to publicly express an interest in becoming Doherty's successor.

Charlie Mulgrew and Martin McHugh have both ruled themselves out, while former Donegal manager Declan Bonner said that it is "highly unlikely" that he will enter the race to replace Doherty.

Glenties man McGuinness guided Donegal to the Ulster Under-21 title this year, before his side suffered a narrow defeat to Dublin in the All-Ireland U-21 final.

"With the Under-21s, I tried to give it absolutely everything. I needed to know if I was able to do that in the first place, and I am in that position now," he added.

"I'm just letting my name go forward (for the senior position) and we'll see what the interview process brings."

The Donegal County Committee are holding their monthly meeting tonight, during which the process to appoint a new senior manager will be discussed.

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