GAA Football

McGuinness fixtures concerns are addressed

Gerry Maguire

Donegal team boss Jim Mcguinness's "fixtures request" seems to have the

support of the clubs as he decides his future with the county following a weekend meeting.

The Donegal Senior and Intermediate Football Championships might not start until late august in 2014, according to a Donegal county committee source. and although the matter has to be voted on by Donegal county delegates tomorrow night, it seems that Mcguinness's concerns over fixtures were largely addressed at Friday night's meeting.

It was a busy evening for Mcguinness as his wife, Yvonne, gave birth to twin girls also on Friday.

Mcguinness had flagged up that he was making no decision on his future until certain matters pertaining to fixtures were dealt with.

"We had a full and frank discussion with Jim on Friday night and there were a number of proposals put forward," the source said.

"one of the ideas was that the first round of the club championships go ahead in late april or early

May. Jim spoke to the meeting and asked for no club championships to be played when Donegal were in the Ulster championship.

"We then had a very good discussion on the proposals and it was suggested that we could have an early round in early May, but the clubs had some reservations about this.

"The clubs did not think this would be of much benefit even though club football has suffered in recent years through the county's success.

"The other suggestion that the club championship only begin after Donegal were put out of the championship got much more support.''

It is understood that Mcguinness also asked that league fixtures be scheduled for a Saturday or a Sunday and this looks like being agreed to also.

The Donegal team boss has another year to run, so a decision could be forthcoming very soon.

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