McGinley rules out Ryder Cup roles for McGuinness and O'Neill
PAUL McGinley has ruled out Ryder Cup roles for Donegal GAA boss Jim McGuinness and Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.
The two are top drawer in their respective codes and there was speculation that one or both of them could be part of McGinley's back-room team for the Ryder Cup clash with the USA at Gleneagles in 2014.
But Dubliner McGinley (above) won't be taking any non-golfing personnel on board for the biggest contest in the game.
Speaking yesterday after a busy week on Ryder Cup business – which included a site visit to Gleneagles – McGinley clarified the position on McGuinness and O'Neill.
He said: "It has been suggested that Jim was basically going to be sitting in the cart with me. I can assure you right now, nobody knows better than Jim that that's not going to be the case.
"He's a good family friend, and he's a guy that I admire.
"I'll be sharing conversations with him like I will with a lot of close friends over the next two years, but the idea of him sitting in the cart beside me flying around Gleneagles is not going to happen.
"Martin O'Neill was talked about in the same context. Yes, Martin's a good friend of mine and I'll be having conversations with him and Jim.
"It's a matter of me gathering information and listening to other people's views.
"By all means I'll be all ears, and by all means I'm interested to know if I'm missing something. That's what friends are for, particularly guys in positions like Martin and Jim."
McGinley, the first Irishman to captain a Ryder Cup team since its inaugural staging in 1927, expects to pick four vice-captains, emulating Jose Maria Olazabal last September and Colin Montgomerie in 2010.