Wednesday 21 February 2018

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness hits out at RTE's The Sunday Game

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has hit out at the Sunday Game panel
Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has hit out at the Sunday Game panel

James O'Donoghue

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has hit out at RTE and the Sunday Game football panel following Joe Brolly’s controversial comments about Marty Morrissey at the weekend.

McGuinness cast the spotlight on the panel in his column in today's Irish Times, describing their opinions as “more like crass than class” after Brolly described Cavan football as being "as ugly as Marty Morrissey”.

While recognising that Brolly's comments were in jest, McGuinness believes they highlight a bigger issue within RTE and its GAA coverage.

McGuinness wrote that he doesn’t remember Gaelic Football being analysed in the same "sensationalist" manner 20 years ago when he started playing.

While recognising that Joe Brolly made his remark about Marty Morrissey in jest, he wrote in the newspaper that the incident provided insight into a bigger issue which he believes is harmful to RTE 's coverage of GAA.

Read more: Video: Joe Brolly apologises after claiming Cavan football is 'as ugly as Marty Morrissey'

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McGuinness argues that 'The Sunday Games' is the top programme of RTE sports coverage and is supposed to represent something that "exudes class".

However, he wrote that Sunday's instalment of the programme was more "crass" as opposed to class.

McGuinness claims RTE has allowed "sensationalism evolve".

The All Ireland winning manager is currently presiding as performance coach at Celtic Park where they were presented another League trophy last Sunday. 

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