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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Jim McGuinness agrees to another year as Donegal boss

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness

Damian Lawlor

JIM McGuinness will complete a fourth year as Donegal senior football manager after meeting with county board officials today.

This means the Glenties man will complete his official term at the helm of the Tir Chonaill County.

McGuinness had met with Donegal clubs last week to try and secure a free period in the calendar to focus on the Ulster championship.

It was agreed that the club championship would not commence until Donegal's interest in the Ulster and All Ireland series' ended.

Still, there were fears that McGuinness would not commit for another season.

Those fears were allayed yesterday when the county's most successful manager agreed to return.

His term in charge of the county u21 and senior sides has yielded a bumper return since 2009.

In Limerick, outgoing hurling coach Donach O'Donnell has joined the list of contenders to replace John Allen as senior manager.

O'Donnell has been a key part of the backroom team under Allen for the past two years and is highly regarded by the Limerick players who are keen for continuity. Another of Allen's outgoing selectors, John Kiely, is also highly rated by the players who are keen for continuity after having a spate of managers over the past 10 years.

Last March, O'Donnell guided Nenagh CBS to a historic first ever Colleges A title and has also trained the Tipperary senior footballers.

In the past he has also led Boherlahan to an unprecedented Tipperary SHC title and taken charge of the UL hurlers for their 2005-06 Fitzgibbon Cup campaign.

Along with Kiely, the Mallow native is sure to be one of the names under consideration when a management committee, comprising of secretary Mike O'Riordan, treasurer Donal Morrissey, Damien Quigley, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Jim Woulfe, met to find Allen's successor.

On RTE's Championship Matters this week, Ciaran Carey appeared to suggest that the position was already nailed on, but Independent.ie understands that is not the case. Instead, the Limerick board want the issue resolved as soon as possible and want someone in place by their next meeting on October 8.

Meanwhile, Derek McGrath is the strong favourite to replace Michael Ryan as Waterford senior hurling manager.

De La Salle's McGrath led his club to their third county title last year and despite speculation that Kilkenny's Martin Fogarty could be in line for the role, sources say McGrath is the clear frontrunner for the

position and a steady man to have at the helm for the foreseeable future with a team of successful college players and minors coming through the system. Peter Queally, a highly respected and experienced hurler and coach, is also under serious consideration.

Colm Collins, father of Clare hurler, Podge, will replace Mick O'Dwyer to take the Banner's football role in the coming weeks. Ger Keane should join him in the backroom team and they are currently trying to identify a suitable coach and strength and conditioning expert.

Former Tipperary football manager Tom McGlinchey, who was involved with the county U21 team, could get the nod to replace Maurice Horan as Limerick senior manager, although there is considerable disquiet in the county that they chose to vote in favour of a seeded open draw for next year's provincial championship, which almost guarantees Cork and Kerry a safe passage to the Munster final for as long as this system remains in place.

Sean Hagan has been appointed Leitrim football manager over the weekend after establishing himself on the club circuit in recent years.

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