Jim McGuinness comments ‘disappoint’ Rory Gallagher

Donegal team manager Rory Gallagher has expressed his disappointment his predecessor Jim McGuinness has chosen to comment on the breakup of the 2012 All-Ireland-winning management team.

Gallagher stepped away from the Donegal set-up in 2013 before returning 12 months later following McGuinness’ departure.

“I have received many requests for my reaction to the description given by Jim McGuinness in his book with regard to my departure from the Donegal senior management team in September 2013,” Gallagher said yesterday. “At this point, I am not interested in commenting on the inaccuracies in the book while involved with the Donegal senior team.

“I am comfortable in the knowledge that Donegal County Board officers are aware of the true circumstances of my departure.

“I will say I am disappointed Jim has chosen to comment on the breakup of the management team at this point. The players, management and back-room team had a very clear understanding that what happened within the group remained within the group. Following my departure I did not comment on the matter as this would have been unfair on the players and the new management team whose focus was on the year ahead. I am really looking forward to the new season working with a brilliant squad of players who have given Donegal so much over the last five years.”

McGuinness’s book Until Victory Always, A Memoir was launched in the Highlands Hotel in Glenties on Thursday night.

The book makes references to differences between Gallagher and McGuinness, who reveals he hasn’t spoken to his successor since 2014.

McGuinness also believes the county board sabotaged Donegal’s 2013 season when they chose to go ahead with club championship fixtures during the summer.

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