Saturday 25 May 2019

Captain hits out at 'disgraceful' treatment of McIver

Brian McIver resigned as Donegal boss after a vote of no confidence
Brian McIver resigned as Donegal boss after a vote of no confidence

THE fallout from Monday's acrimonious County Board meeting in Donegal, that saw Brian McIver resign as manager of the county's footballers, continues with captain Kevin Cassidy branding the Board's treatment of McIver a 'disgrace.'

And there is a further twist to the tale, as it was Cassidy's own club Gweedore who seconded the vote of no confidence put forward by the St Eunan's club (who between them provide nine players to the county panel) which prompted the Tyrone native to resign.

Cassidy went on to claim that none of the players had been consulted, with suggestions from some quarters that the players will meet this week to discuss their options.

"Without a doubt we should have had a say in the matter," said the former Allstar, because at the end of the day it's the players who are playing.

"Maybe we should not decide who goes or stays in the job. But we could have at least been consulted or asked if we were happy with the set-up. There are a couple of clubs in this county that thought he was not doing a good enough job, which is a disgrace.

"My own club (Gweedore) stood up against him. And they did not come to me once and ask how I felt -- or the two McGee's (Eamon and Neil) either. I think the whole system is just totally wrong.

"All the players were 100pc behind Brian and at the minute there is a bad feeling in Donegal.

"The boys were training hard for their clubs because they knew Brian was still going around looking at them. Now we don't know who is coming in or what is going to happen, and it will be hard to match the set-up that was there for the person who does come in."

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McIver himself released a statement where he thanked his coaching staff and players and also outlined that he would had "no desire to manage any other county" as he could not "work against" Donegal.


McIver was originally appointed to the role back in 2006 and brought the county to their first National title since the All-Ireland win of 1992 when they captured the league title last year.

Later that season, he resigned after the championship defeat to Monaghan, but was reinstated for a further three-year term before this season after a change of heart.

The search for the Ardboe man's successor will begin in earnest in the next few weeks but Cassidy sounded this note of caution for potential candidates.

"I heard a few names mentioned already, but it doesn't bother me who steps in," Cassidy commented."But anybody who has thought about managing Donegal will be thinking 'if that's the way they have treated Brian McIver, how are they going to treat me?' "

St Eunan's club man Charlie Mulgrew and Jimmy McGuinness from Glenties are among the early frontrunners for the post and both were interviewed last year before McIver was re-appointed. Also in the reckoning are U21 manager John Joe Doherty and former All-Ireland SFC winner Tony Boyle.

Mulgrew had a successful stint with Fermanagh that saw the Erne County reach the All-Ireland semi-final in 2004, while McGuinness is believed to have impressed with a detailed presentation during last year's interview process. Martin McHugh and Brian McEniff have already ruled themselves out of the running for the role.

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