Saturday 14 December 2019

'Spy' not with us but game is rife with prying eyes, says Jim McGuinness

Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager
Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager

Cliona Foley

DONEGAL football manager Jim McGuinness has firmly distanced himself from the man who allegedly spied on Kerry training last week but claimed that the practice is now commonplace.

McGuinness said he also had to chase interlopers out of Donegal's training sessions last week, though he stressed "I'm not saying (from) Kerry, I'm not saying that.

"Espionage is a very strong word to use but, the bottom line is it's going on all the time," he said, describing the spying incident in Kerry as "bizarre".

"We put people out of our own training on Wednesday night, and maybe three or four times in the lead-in," he revealed. "That's the kind of craic that's going on for the last three to four years."

The so-called 'tree spy' in Killarney is reportedly a Kerry-based former club colleague of McGuinness, from Glenties.

The Donegal boss stressed: "He is not associated with our camp but there's no doubt he's probably watching training.

"And we have that! We train in MacCumhaill Park (Ballybofey) some days and we have people looking down from the (neighbouring) hotel.

"We were playing a team previously and we worked out that one of the coaches was staying in a local hotel. This is what goes on, it's fine margins," he said.

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"Kerry, for years, had open sessions and people were just going in. Tyrone, years ago, were just going in, making notes."

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