donegal in the mcguinness years
McGuinness was appointed manager a month after Donegal exited the All-Ireland championship when losing a qualifier to Armagh by nine points.
Donegal won promotion from Division 2. They later won the Ulster title for the first time since 1992 before losing the All-Ireland semi-final to Dublin in a low-scoring game (0-8 to 0-6).
Glory year for Donegal as they retained the Ulster title and won the All-Ireland crown for the first time in 20 years with Michael Murphy (above) lifting both cups. McGuinness later landed a job as a performance coach with Neil Lennon and Celtic.
Donegal were relegated from Division 1. They stretched their winning run in the Ulster championship to 10 games, but their three-in-a-row bid failed when they lost to Monaghan in the final. They reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals by beating Laois in the qualifiers, but lost to Mayo by 4-17 to 1-10 at this stage in early August.
Last weekend, McGuinness announced that he will continue as manager, but on Tuesday it emerged that three of his back-room team, Rory Gallagher, Maxi Curran and Francie Friel, would not be aboard next year.
Donegal will start the league season in Division 2.