Doherty may yet become Donegal boss

John Joe Doherty has been reinstalled as the favourite to take over from Brian McIver as manager of the Donegal senior football team, following a County Board meeting at Ballybofey last night.

John Joe Doherty has been reinstalled as the favourite to take over from Brian McIver as manager of the Donegal senior football team, following a County Board meeting at Ballybofey last night.

The selection committee appointed to oversee the appointment process are set to meet again with the Glencolmcille man, to iron out concerns the former All-Ireland SFC winner had in relation to the arrangements for the position.

Doherty, who was widely acclaimed as the first choice for the role, still has the backing of the selection committee and if he is happy with the outcome of discussions, then the committee will put forward his name for ratification at the next County Committee meeting which is likely to take place in the next fortnight.

Doherty was present at a county board meeting last night, at which delegates decided that he should be afforded the opportunity to ask the questions he wanted to ask.

There was plenty of debate on the subject, after which Doherty addressed the meeting and put his case forward.

He was particularly aggravated over the involvement of former manager Brian McEniff whom he believed interfered in the selection process.

"I feel as though I have been very unfairly treated," Doherty said.

"The impression that people are getting is that I have demanded money in one way or another and that is certainly not the case. I feel that I have been labelled in this way."

The committee then decided that he be afforded the opportunity to put forward any queries that he had and that they be addressed by the committee.

Should Doherty still be in a position to accept the role, the selection committee would then recommend his ratification.

Confusion arose in the past week, after it was revealed that Doherty had initially been offered the role following interviews last Wednesday night, as he was the unanimous choice of the selection committee for the post.

However, Doherty expressed concerns over aspects of the position, and then the joint-ticket of Charlie Mulgrew and Declan Bonner were said to have been offered the role.

Mulgrew and Bonner were not present at last night's meeting in Ballybofey, and were not ratified to take over as the new management, by delegates in attendance.

The selection committee is spearheaded by Donegal Chairman Sean Kelly and also includes secretary Charlie O'Donnell, treasurer Charlie Cannon, vice-chairman PJ McGowan and former county player Sean Ferriter.

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