Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cracks beginning to show as strict Donegal regime takes toll

Published 19/09/2013 | 05:00

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness makes his way out of the dressing room before the Ulster semi-final against Down - a game which Eugene McGee has identified as the start of their downfall
Donegal boss Jim McGuinness makes his way out of the dressing room before the Ulster semi-final against Down - a game which Eugene McGee has identified as the start of their downfall

Nobody should be the least bit surprised that there has been a bust-up in the Donegal football camp. In a set-up which promotes an amateur sport like Gaelic football there is bound to be friction when things do not work out as people expect.

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Donegal were wonderful All-Ireland winners one year ago and dazzled the football cognoscenti with the unusual style which Jim McGuinness invented and then carried out with total ruthlessness in every aspect of the game.

For two years the Donegal players, the usual mixture in a Gaelic team of people from various walks of life, different skill levels and varying intensities of personal motivation, responded to the strict lifestyle required by McGuinness and his management.

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