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Replying To Tyrion:  "Rorysboys I think you'll agree mcgee was one of our better backs last year before he got injured regardless of his age, and this year done his best to stay with it and regained fitness this year which at his age is a great credit but he hardly got a look in only a token thing against first game Armagh which our fans totally enjoyed. I think it's disrespectful of management the way he's treated some of the older experienced players this past few years."
I don't know how can say he was disrespectful to some of the older players, you like myself are not privy to what goes on at training. Bonner has been accused of being too loyal to some of of the more experienced players and not giving youth a chance. And now your saying he was disrespectful to the older lads. Who would want to be a manager.. no winning

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 13/07/2022 20:43:08    2431954

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Replying To greatpoint:  "I wonder if the ball hits Seán Hurson in the All-Ireland final will he let play continue or bring it back?"
We had bigger issues that day than that one isolated incident. Sean Hurson certainly did not lose us the game. In fact, I thought he was excellent that day and well done to him on getting the big one.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 338 - 13/07/2022 20:43:11    2431955

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Replying To gunman:  "I don't know how good Cahir O'Kanes's sources are but he is reporting in to day's Irish News that Bonner is likely to step down next week.If that is the case I hope they stay inside the county for his replacement."
Tight way to be finding out if it is true which I hope it is, I think Bonner has run his race, this is like pulling off a sticking plaster, far better to just rip it off quick,
Painful exit for a man who is still a Donegal legend, unfortunately he just didn't have what it took to move this team on at this stage, team needs a new leader and a new voice to freshen the whole thing up, I see a lot of counties going the same road.
http://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2022/07/13/news/bonner_could_step_down_from_donegal_next_week-2771018/

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2154 - 13/07/2022 21:17:43    2431959

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Can't see Jim coming back despite the rumours. He'll know we have the forwards to match anyone but he'll also know we don't have a defender to bless ourselves with. Maybe if Grant and Morrison hit the ground running on their return but can't see it.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 861 - 14/07/2022 09:49:39    2431979

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Replying To papa_pump:  "He has his favourites and that's that. MacNiallais came back and hardly got on. Granted his conditioning might have been lacking but stick him on for the last 20 minutes a lá Christy Toye and let his talent do the talking. No wonder he walked away again."
Bonner made Mc niallas walk. Absolute rubbish. Biggest joke in a while on here. Ha. Lol

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 14/07/2022 09:57:19    2431984

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Tight way to be finding out if it is true which I hope it is, I think Bonner has run his race, this is like pulling off a sticking plaster, far better to just rip it off quick,
Painful exit for a man who is still a Donegal legend, unfortunately he just didn't have what it took to move this team on at this stage, team needs a new leader and a new voice to freshen the whole thing up, I see a lot of counties going the same road.
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What's painful about it lad. It's bonners decision, county board were right to let him have his holiday and time off. Not giving into fools on here thinking they deserved to know what was happening.. what was the big rush no club championship till August . The crack starts now big expectations for next year, we'll wait and see who was right. Lol.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 14/07/2022 10:08:28    2431987

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I see Monaghan are close to appointing McConville according to reports. An interesting appointment. He has coached Monaghan club teams in the past and lives nearby so he'd have a good insight. Although he talked a fair bit of dung ahead of our Ulster meeting with Armagh, he comes across as a shrewd football brain on the various media platforms he contributes to.

Next year's Ulster campaign will be the biggest minefield it's been in a long time. Derry, Tyrone, Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh will all fancy their chances. We absolutely need to clarify our management situation sooner rather than later. The dust has well settled after our ignominious exit.

Word is that Mickey Graham may be stepping away from Cavan. I don't know what his personal circumstances are. But along with Malachy O'Rourke, they'd be my two "outside" choices were either to be agreeable/available.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8062 - 14/07/2022 11:33:32    2432013

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I see Monaghan are close to appointing McConville according to reports. An interesting appointment. He has coached Monaghan club teams in the past and lives nearby so he'd have a good insight. Although he talked a fair bit of dung ahead of our Ulster meeting with Armagh, he comes across as a shrewd football brain on the various media platforms he contributes to.

Next year's Ulster campaign will be the biggest minefield it's been in a long time. Derry, Tyrone, Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh will all fancy their chances. We absolutely need to clarify our management situation sooner rather than later. The dust has well settled after our ignominious exit.

Word is that Mickey Graham may be stepping away from Cavan. I don't know what his personal circumstances are. But along with Malachy O'Rourke, they'd be my two "outside" choices were either to be agreeable/available."
Malachy O'Rourke imo would be a step backwards. He is another defensive 15 man behind the ball manager and i for one would hate to see this appointment if it were to happen...

letterkennyGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 134 - 14/07/2022 11:42:27    2432015

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I see Monaghan are close to appointing McConville according to reports. An interesting appointment. He has coached Monaghan club teams in the past and lives nearby so he'd have a good insight. Although he talked a fair bit of dung ahead of our Ulster meeting with Armagh, he comes across as a shrewd football brain on the various media platforms he contributes to.

Next year's Ulster campaign will be the biggest minefield it's been in a long time. Derry, Tyrone, Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh will all fancy their chances. We absolutely need to clarify our management situation sooner rather than later. The dust has well settled after our ignominious exit.

Word is that Mickey Graham may be stepping away from Cavan. I don't know what his personal circumstances are. But along with Malachy O'Rourke, they'd be my two "outside" choices were either to be agreeable/available."
Yeah two shrewd men, Malachy or Mickey, I don't think Mc Conville is a great choice for Monaghan,
How important is the provincial from now on? isn't it changing next year?
I think we should be focusing on the All Ireland and not putting so much into winning Ulster, I can see the Ulster teams doing well in the new format.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2154 - 14/07/2022 11:43:32    2432016

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Bonner made Mc niallas walk. Absolute rubbish. Biggest joke in a while on here. Ha. Lol"
To an extent he left because he hated the style of football so its not entirely wrong!

letterkennyGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 134 - 14/07/2022 11:44:22    2432017

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Replying To letterkennyGuy:  "To an extent he left because he hated the style of football so its not entirely wrong!"
So he'll go come back next year, well play attacking football, put up a big score, concede a massive score, and walk away again because we're not successful..

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 14/07/2022 11:51:38    2432019

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Replying To letterkennyGuy:  "Malachy O'Rourke imo would be a step backwards. He is another defensive 15 man behind the ball manager and i for one would hate to see this appointment if it were to happen..."
In the past he was. But I'm sure he watches a lot of football and is intelligent enough to know that the game has moved on.

Listening to the Darran O'Sullivan podcast there, the biggest regret of the year for us is surely that we paid Derry far too much respect. No harm to Clare, but if we'd beaten Derry like we should have it would have been us facing Galway last weekend and who knows....

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8062 - 14/07/2022 11:52:41    2432020

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Yeah two shrewd men, Malachy or Mickey, I don't think Mc Conville is a great choice for Monaghan,
How important is the provincial from now on? isn't it changing next year?
I think we should be focusing on the All Ireland and not putting so much into winning Ulster, I can see the Ulster teams doing well in the new format."
I think you should take a reality pill.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 14/07/2022 11:52:50    2432021

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "In the past he was. But I'm sure he watches a lot of football and is intelligent enough to know that the game has moved on.

Listening to the Darran O'Sullivan podcast there, the biggest regret of the year for us is surely that we paid Derry far too much respect. No harm to Clare, but if we'd beaten Derry like we should have it would have been us facing Galway last weekend and who knows...."
Essentially Galway set up early on to avoid conceding goals at all costs and then when Derry had shown their hand, they aggressively pushed up and forced Lynch to kick long to their only realistic ball winner in midfield Conor Glass. Galway surrounded Glass and made it impossible for him to win clean ball. They also kicked it into Comer who proceeded to destroy Rogers.

Could we have done something similar with the players we have? Absolutely. I agree with rorysboys to an extent that we don't have enough man markers. So to counteract that we should be forcing our terms on other teams to prevent them exploiting our weakness. But instead, we made Rory Gallagher look like a genius. We played passively and didn't push Derry enough at all and ultimately we got what we deserved.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8062 - 14/07/2022 12:29:30    2432033

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People have short memories with Odhrán. Can we leave him out of these chats and respect that he left for his own reasons. The lad has been through plenty without baseless speculation that helps nobody and his leaving being used to suit agendas

I think Bonner should go but I'm not about to blame him for Odhrán's decision

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1432 - 14/07/2022 13:25:52    2432051

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My frustration with the Ulster final is that I feel we did manage it well but we didn't kick on when we got in front. Galway I think looked at the Ulster final and improved on what we did, and most importantly then trusted their ability to kick on.

Having said that we'll tread over that final a million times, we missed a lot of scoreable chances in the first half especially

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1432 - 14/07/2022 13:29:05    2432052

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Yes, in that scenario there's a man from Glenties who a normal county board would heaven and earth to get but I wouldn't have confidence in that prospect.

One person here thinks his record was so-so while the rest of us living in the real world know the man is streets ahead records-wise and ability-wise of anything else we might bring in. What a buzz that would bring to the county and the players in the squad, a marked contrast to the gloom hanging over the place this summer."
Never questioned Mc Guinness managerial credentials, I said like all managers we had great days but we had a lot of bad days too.. why blame county board if we don't get him, are the clubs not allowed to nominate him. The more I read this forum makes me realise how out of touch people are regarding the position of our next manager. Im dam sure Donegal abroad your a member of a club so why waste your time telling us about mc Guinness go and tell your club to nominate him. We'll know then who's to blame if he doesn't take it.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1724 - 14/07/2022 18:10:52    2432118

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Replying To rorysboys:  "I don't like naming individual players and saying there not good enough . Put it simple I said we don't have good enough man markers to compete with the big teams I feels eoin ban is a very good man marker but to be successful we would need one or two more of that ability. Plus we need two wing backs of eoin bans ability. So in short eoin ban can only play in one position it's getting players of that stature we need. Easier said than done. This is an honest opinion."
I didn't say they weren't good enough. I said they were been used in the wrong role.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 280 - 14/07/2022 21:34:39    2432138

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I just heard a rumour that Rochford has departed Donegal? Any truth in it? Given the vacant Mayo position he is being closely watched!

Cbar (Mayo) - Posts: 235 - 15/07/2022 09:41:08    2432147

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Replying To JoeSoap:  "People have short memories with Odhrán. Can we leave him out of these chats and respect that he left for his own reasons. The lad has been through plenty without baseless speculation that helps nobody and his leaving being used to suit agendas

I think Bonner should go but I'm not about to blame him for Odhrán's decision"
Agree completely. I think a lot of people on these forums need to realise that it's just a game and pull back from some of the arguing and respect other's opinions a bit more , there are plenty bigger issues affecting people all over the country that the state of the county's GAA team.
There are plenty examples of natural players similar to Odhran who have walked away because they just want to enjoy the game (eg. Jamie Clarke) but the way it has gone now, if you're not willing to run up and down the field for 70 minutes non-stop and get into zones you're no good. Skillful natural footballers being replaced by athletes, not just in Donegal either.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 144 - 15/07/2022 10:07:46    2432150

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