Donegal’s Ulster Final defeat to Monaghan on Sunday has once again raised questions about Jim McGuinness’s ability to take charge of the side, while holding down a job with Glasgow Celtic.
The doubters have argued that the All Ireland champions defeat has been as a result of McGuinness’s lack of attention, pointing out that it is impossible to do two jobs at once. However, it is a difficult argument to agree with, and I for one, feel that those who hold that view are incorrect.
Yes, Donegal won an All Ireland title in 2012 with McGuinness at the helm, and at that point he did not work with Celtic. However, there are very few full time managers employed in GAA at the present time, and those that argue the case against McGuinness may do well to remember as much. If Kilkenny lose out on a league title, is it because Brian Cody is distracted by his teaching job? Or if Cork are beaten by Kerry, is it became Conor Counihan has one eye on his clients?
The simple truth is the football world has caught up with Donegal, and the surprise tactics that were such a success in 2011 and 2012 are no longer a mystery. Monaghan had a greater hunger than their opponents on the day, and this, rather than any conflicts on the part of McGuinness, were the cause of Donegal’s defeat. McGuinness is actually on a break from his Celtic FC job
It should also be remembered that this Donegal side are still very much alive and kicking, and they will have plenty to say about the eventual destination of the championship.