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Donegal boss McGuinness in fixture list fall-out with county board

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10 March 2013; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Donegal v Kerry, Páirc MacCumhaill, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

10 March 2013; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Donegal v Kerry, Páirc MacCumhaill, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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10 March 2013; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Donegal v Kerry, Páirc MacCumhaill, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness is at odds with his county board again over the scheduling of club fixtures in the county.

McGuinness (above) delivered his annual report to the Donegal County Board this week and took the opportunity to vent frustration at recent events which he claimed impacted on their preparations for the Ulster quarter-final with Tyrone on May 26.

He said agreement was reached between the county's Competitions Controls Committee and his assistant Rory Gallagher at a meeting earlier this year that all county league matches would be played on either a Saturday or a Sunday over the last few weeks.

But some fixtures have alternated between Saturdays and Sundays, leaving it difficult, according to McGuinness, to conduct training sessions with full squads. The Donegal manager also claimed his team management was not extended an invitation to a forum with the clubs on fixtures.

"As county management we weren't invited to that forum," McGuinness told Board delegates.

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"Secondly, we had an agreement with the CCC. Rory Gallagher met them and we were in agreement all the club games would be played on either a Saturday or a Sunday. If they wanted Saturday, we'd train on a Sunday and if they wanted Sunday then we'd go on Saturday.

"We've a situation now, where, for two weekends in-a-row, there have been Saturday fixtures. We had a challenge match against Galway last Friday and had then planned a tactical training session for Saturday, only to learn there were club games.

"We feel the CCC has misled us. They have forced a situation where the county players, the county management and the clubs are at loggerheads."

CCC chairman Danny McNamee denied the senior management have been misled, however.

"The CCC have no anti-county team agenda whatsoever," he said. "We did not mislead the county manager and we extend the invitation to the county manager to have a good discussion. "

Irish Independent