McGuinness savours victory
DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness said that after completing the journey to the promised land, there is still one more trip that he is looking forward to.
“I’ve said to the players over the last few weeks that I could see the cup at the front of the bus.
“Every morning I woke up I could see the cup at the front of the bus.
“Tonight will be great and tomorrow morning will be great – but when the door closes on the bus and I know we’re heading home with the cup on it, that’s going to be the best journey these boys will ever be on in their lives.”
McGuinness was speaking at a controversial press conference where he demanded reporter Declan Bogue, author of ‘This Is Our Year’, was removed. The chapter in the book about Kevin Cassidy led to the player’s axing from the squad.
“I’ve never broken court since the whole thing happened. I’ve held my dignity, I’ve let myself be castigated and I done that because I gave somebody an agreement that I wouldn’t break my court on it.
“The person who wrote that book had no researcher on the book to qualify what was said. The other people in the media who wrote fairly vile articles had no researcher to qualify the comments and it was all-out attack for a couple of months on my character.
“There’s another person if he was here who would be out of the room as well. Absolutely vile what he wrote. All falsehoods. You could get away with it and degrade somebody to that level and feel then you can write another article to rectify the wrong.
“It’s wrong. I’m not going to be two-faced and not going to sit in here and (let them) have their jam on both sides. It was a very hard period in my life for my family and everyone else.
“I know what I’ve done, I know what I’ve coached and I know what I am as a person. So I’m not going to let somebody sit in a room and fill their pages tomorrow on the back of what we done today.”