Donegal captain backs McGuinness

Updated: December 15, 2011

Donegal captain Michael Murphy has said that he supports the decision of manager Jim McGuinness to axe Kevin Cassidy from the county panel.

Cassidy hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he contributed to a book in which he criticised the 2010 management team and revealed some of the tactical and fitness techniques used by the county.

McGuinness was angered that the player should have broken ranks and subsequently dropped him from the senior football panel

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Michael Murphy admitted that there was little prospect of his former colleague rejoining the squad:

“Jim had to make the decision and the county had to make the decision and that was the decision made.

“Kevin stepped out of line and that was agreed on by everyone. That was unfortunate but we’re looking forward to a new season and we’re looking forward to rowing in behind everybody again and getting on with it.

“Any team you go and play for has to be united and thankfully this year a group of fellas came together and rowed in behind one another.

“That might have pulled us through a lot of the year and we’re hoping to carry that on into next year.”

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