Thursday 23 January 2020

McGuinness snubs TG4 over Cassidy

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and his team captain Michael Murphy both declined requests from TG4 to conduct post-match interviews in Ballybofey after the win over Cork on Sunday.

It is understood that the requests were turned down because McGuinness was annoyed about the manner of a previous interview which he conducted with the station when he spoke after the defeat to Laois in Letterkenny.

On that occasion Kevin Cassidy stood just feet away in his position as an analyst with the Irish language station. The former Donegal player, who was released from the squad last November over his contribution to a book that McGuinness was not aware of, did not make eye contact with McGuinness for the duration of the interview.

The interviewer, Micheal O Domhnaill, asked McGuinness about Cassidy's remarks to the station's 'Seo Spoirt' programme only two days earlier when he said that he would not be returning to Donegal under any circumstances.

McGuinness is understood not to have been aware at the time that Cassidy would be present for the interview but went ahead with it anyway. Murphy was also approached by a station representative as he spoke to local media afterwards and he too declined a request to talk.

TG4 were showing deferred coverage of the Donegal/Cork NFL Division 1 clash, which Donegal won.

Meanwhile, Longford selector Padraic Davis says they'll be keeping their feet firmly on the ground despite recording their third win in a row with a remarkable comeback against Roscommon, as they prepare for the trip to Sligo this weekend.

"Going to Markievicz Park is never easy at any time of the year and, on top of that, they will be looking to bounce back after losing to Cavan," said Davis.

"Things have gone well for us so far but we could come crashing back down to earth very quickly if we don't keep our feet on the ground. There's a very thin line between success and failure. We conceded two goals to Roscommon inside the opening seven minutes and the lads did very well to hold their composure and battle back."

One significant factor in Longford's great start has been the form of Michael Quinn, who returned home from Australia before Christmas.

The Killoe Young Emmets player, who has only just turned 22, signed up with Aussie Rules club Essendon in 2008, but his contract was not renewed.

"You can see straight way that he has been working in a professional set-up and has benefited from that physically," said Davis.

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