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Brian McEniff to return to Donegal

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Tomsmith here

The news is that Brian Mc Eniff will return to Donegal . It appears that Donegal is looking for a man who can steady the ship in choppy waters and that the smart money is on Mc Eniff who has vast experience in management.

tomsmith (Cavan) - 16/08/2017 10:23:40    2034045

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Replying To tomsmith:  "Tomsmith here

The news is that Brian Mc Eniff will return to Donegal . It appears that Donegal is looking for a man who can steady the ship in choppy waters and that the smart money is on Mc Eniff who has vast experience in management."
Quote source.

Donegalman (None) - 16/08/2017 10:54:24    2034069

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Replying To Donegalman:  "Quote source."
Hehe, I told him in the pub at the weekend. Hook Line and sinker

foxes_denn (Cavan) - 16/08/2017 13:04:46    2034178

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Mick O'Dywer is to come in as his right hand man with Elvis doing the video analysis lol.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - 16/08/2017 16:04:30    2034304

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Replying To tomsmith:  "Tomsmith here

The news is that Brian Mc Eniff will return to Donegal . It appears that Donegal is looking for a man who can steady the ship in choppy waters and that the smart money is on Mc Eniff who has vast experience in management."
How are you keeping Tom Smith?

Laois76 here.

Did Brian McEniff ever leave Donegal?! :)

Some man in fairness, 74 now.

Laois76 (Laois) - 16/08/2017 17:16:35    2034345

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Whoever it is, I hope they let MM play ball before its too late. OK, he has an AI medal, thankfully, but all those other years playing the role he has must be soul destroying.

realdub (Dublin) - 16/08/2017 18:22:19    2034379

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Replying To realdub:  "Whoever it is, I hope they let MM play ball before its too late. OK, he has an AI medal, thankfully, but all those other years playing the role he has must be soul destroying."
Think time is running out on MM. 28 next year and not so much his age but the amount of football he has played is the problem. As you say he has the Celtic Cross thankfully.

Laois76 (Laois) - 16/08/2017 18:41:19    2034394

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Replying To Laois76:  "Think time is running out on MM. 28 next year and not so much his age but the amount of football he has played is the problem. As you say he has the Celtic Cross thankfully."
Also has 3 senior club championship medals with the Glen which mean as much to him as the Celtic Cross I would say.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - 16/08/2017 18:54:29    2034398

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Someone's avin a giraffe!!

totalrecall (Leitrim) - 16/08/2017 19:10:08    2034403

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Replying To Laois76:  "Think time is running out on MM. 28 next year and not so much his age but the amount of football he has played is the problem. As you say he has the Celtic Cross thankfully."
Cop yourself on, Murph is as strong as a horse, so you reckon your an old man now at 28? the man has 5 or 6 years at least left at intercounty level, if he does stay inside more towards the end of his career so much the better but I'd say the man would even play in goal he loves this county so much, we'll never see the likes of him again that's for sure,
maybe he'll take over the management when Mc Eniff retires at 80!!

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - 16/08/2017 19:55:44    2034422

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That would be some story if he came back for round 3 or would it be his 4th time as the manager? I think he had a spell before the all-Ireland winning one and another since then about 10 - 15 years ago.

One thing is for sure, he owes Donegal football nothing.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - 16/08/2017 20:01:38    2034427

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Cop yourself on, Murph is as strong as a horse, so you reckon your an old man now at 28? the man has 5 or 6 years at least left at intercounty level, if he does stay inside more towards the end of his career so much the better but I'd say the man would even play in goal he loves this county so much, we'll never see the likes of him again that's for sure,
maybe he'll take over the management when Mc Eniff retires at 80!!"
He's a big heavy set man who i feel will get a year or 2 more at midfield. My opinion. Wear and tare around the hamstrings and hips will effect mobility. Fellas like Johnny Doyle, Kildare and Brian Dooher, Tyrone, were light and wiry and played inter county up to 36. By 30 MM will be full forward more i feel. He looks like he's ageing prematurely for 27. More like a man of 40 in appearance. Fellas like Shefflin in hurling were a good 3 stone lighter too. Fellas built like Brian Murray of the 1980s and 1990s Donegal tend to slow down more quickly in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong, a standout player of his generation, but he can't sustain his levels of performance since he was a teenager.

Laois76 (Laois) - 16/08/2017 20:33:42    2034438

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Good job i'm down here in my Laois stronghold as i feel all Tír Chonaill is going to be after me!!

Look i admire MM greatly. He's probably the most complete footballer of the last 10 years. But like the way Paul Flynn has slowed down for the Dubs, and John O'Loughlin at 27 for Laois has gone quite immobile due to his physique (nickname man mountain), i don't see MM exerting a huge influence in midfield in the years to come. A player of his skills and intellect will have a role up to 32 or 33 (5 more years) however, but i feel in a different role.

Laois76 (Laois) - 16/08/2017 20:50:15    2034443

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Neilly Gallagher's natural decline and retirement probably set Donegal back more than the retirement of any other player, bar maybe McFadden. As Murphy had to take up more and more of a role at midfield. Gallagher was an unsung hero in 2012.

Laois76 (Laois) - 16/08/2017 20:52:16    2034445

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Replying To Laois76:  "Neilly Gallagher's natural decline and retirement probably set Donegal back more than the retirement of any other player, bar maybe McFadden. As Murphy had to take up more and more of a role at midfield. Gallagher was an unsung hero in 2012."
Aye big Neil was a massive loss. While his ball winning and physical attributes were what people primarily noticed, he also had a very underrated football brain. He knew how to control the tempo of a game from midfield by slowing things down when needed. Also when to surprise the opposition by firing in long, high early ball into Murphy.

Murphy is too honest a lad for his own good sometimes. He'd play in goals for Donegal if he was asked. Hopefully with the new manager, some system can be developed that lessens his workload and we can see Murphy return to the full forward line on a permanent basis.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - 17/08/2017 09:59:13    2034576

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Aye big Neil was a massive loss. While his ball winning and physical attributes were what people primarily noticed, he also had a very underrated football brain. He knew how to control the tempo of a game from midfield by slowing things down when needed. Also when to surprise the opposition by firing in long, high early ball into Murphy.

Murphy is too honest a lad for his own good sometimes. He'd play in goals for Donegal if he was asked. Hopefully with the new manager, some system can be developed that lessens his workload and we can see Murphy return to the full forward line on a permanent basis."
MM is a great role model. Remember him sympathising with Liam O'Neill on the death of his sister before raising Sam in 2012. Mature beyond his years at 22.

Great, honest player. Hope i'm wrong and he stays at peak level. The change of management is badly needed. Donegal still probably the county best placed to break into (back into) the top 4. Very good underage talent. I wouldn't mind the big beating from Galway. 2010 against Cork was the same and it had no longterm effects, bar good ones! Dublin had the 'startled earwig' beating v Kerry in 2009 and in 2 yrs they beat the team who inflicted that beating in an All-Ire final. Ye beat Cork in 2012.

Sometimes a good beating is better than a 1 point one as it brings about change. With a one point one everyone says we could have won only this that and the other.

Laois76 (Laois) - 17/08/2017 10:13:38    2034585

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This is a nothing thread. More talk about Murphy than a manager who never was going for the job anyway. Foolish, not even a bit funny.

Donegalman (None) - 17/08/2017 11:02:13    2034609

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Replying To Laois76:  "Neilly Gallagher's natural decline and retirement probably set Donegal back more than the retirement of any other player, bar maybe McFadden. As Murphy had to take up more and more of a role at midfield. Gallagher was an unsung hero in 2012."
I would argue with the natural decline bit. It was injuries not decline in big Neil's case but a massive player for Donegal. I also think Christy Toye has been a big loss this year too.

panamasam (Australia) - 17/08/2017 13:07:24    2034663

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Replying To Killarney.87:  "That would be some story if he came back for round 3 or would it be his 4th time as the manager? I think he had a spell before the all-Ireland winning one and another since then about 10 - 15 years ago.

One thing is for sure, he owes Donegal football nothing."
I think it could be his 5th or 6th time in charge. Sure bar mcguinness's time in charge, mceniff had a hand in all of donegal a Ulster wins and their first all Ireland!

Spoddgy (Mayo) - 17/08/2017 13:07:54    2034664

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Replying To Donegalman:  "This is a nothing thread. More talk about Murphy than a manager who never was going for the job anyway. Foolish, not even a bit funny."
Relax man, no harm in having a laugh sometimes, title of this thread is funny on it's own!!

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - 17/08/2017 13:40:28    2034673

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