McGuinness set for another clash with County Board

Jim McGuinness was last night bracing himself for another clash with the Donegal County Board over the timing of club fixtures.

With just 20 days until their All-Ireland semi-final against Cork, a round of already postponed club championship matches have been scheduled for this weekend.

The Donegal manager is anxious for his players not to be involved as he aims to guide the county to their first All-Ireland final in 20 years. However, county PRO Moira Graham admitted the games are likely to go ahead after they had been re-slated for this coming weekend at McGuinness’ request prior to the Ulster final. It remains to be seen whether the county players will be involved.

“They have already been put off and the agreement was that they would be played hell or high water next weekend,” said Graham.

“There would have been a lot of phone calls made after the game against Kerry, but there is no county board meeting planned for this week nor any meeting of the CCC so the games will probably go ahead. Whether the county players are involved in them, I’m not sure.”

Last month, McGuinness had succeeded in convincing the county board to reschedule the club games so that Michael Murphy, Ryan Bradley and Neil McGee were given every opportunity to recover from hamstring injuries.

Speaking after yesterday’s game, he was at pains to be diplomatic about the issue and said the players and management would meet following the post-match meal to discuss the matter.

“We’ll go to the hotel, sit down, have a bit of dinner and have a team meeting to work it out.

“We’ll see what the boys’ thoughts are on it and what the management’s thoughts are on it and we’ll take it from there. That’s as political a way as I can put it.”


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