DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness is being backed today in his row with colleges – from one of the country’s leading sports writers.
Jim hit back at the DCU manager in a row over player eligibility. See: (http://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/22/mcguinness-furious-over-claims-that-he-abused-players/)
“The tail is wagging the dog in relation to the college-county scene at present, with the imbalance very much in favour of the colleges,” said Jim McGuinness.
Writing in the Irish Independent today Martin Brehenny agrees, saying: “He is 100pc correct. Quite why counties agreed to allow third-level colleges into their pre-season competitions remains a mystery.
“Here’s the daft scenario facing county managers: officially, they are not allowed to organise collective training until January 1 for a league that starts five weeks later.
“Colleges generally have first call on inter-county players in January, so how is a county manager supposed to get his team ready for the league? Third-level colleges play an important role in GAA life, but they can do that without featuring in inter-county competitions as warm-ups for Sigerson and Fitzgibbon.”