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Replying To rorysboys:  "What apology are you on about. Rory kav pulled out and what were board supposed to do. What people can't understand is very few want the job it's not a big job anymore, it's not a job that would attract a big name because of financial restrictions and rightly so. Who do you want"
Yeah, we'd all want to have the best manager available. However, if people aren't interested, what else can the county board do other than go with someone who is interested , like Paddy Carr , an experienced manager with an all ireland club title on his Cv.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 24/10/2022 13:44:06    2445260

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Hopefully Carr and O Rourke will let Donegal play football going forward. Play Murphy at Full Forward and all players in their best positions, if players want to dictate to manager how and where to play,then just leave them on the line till their egos go down a bit. Let the players play football and get rid of all the negative and back passing of the last few years, used by nearly all club managers and all county underage managers.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 292 - 24/10/2022 15:38:48    2445280

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I saw it mentioned that Paddy Carr went for the job twice previously. He is determined anwyway so will obviously being it his all.
O Rourke managed Louth a few years and wasn't great but maybe as a joint ticket they could work well

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2611 - 24/10/2022 16:08:18    2445283

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Was SP or indeed any of the other candidates approached to combine their resources. Was SP and Paddy Carr a possibility? These are questions that delegates need to be asking tonight, because in a couple of weeks time the person who made the decision will be gone, and accountable to no one. Each club delegate is responsible, there's no point in expressing concerns in a couple of weeks time.

This stinks of panic, like the panic to get the official opening of the Centre of Excellence done within the term.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 325 - 24/10/2022 17:04:31    2445292

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Does anyone know was Shaun Barrett even considered since Rory pulled out?

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 466 - 24/10/2022 18:27:42    2445298

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did Carr play for the Roger Casements team Milford/Fanad back in the 70s when he holidayed in Fanad.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 292 - 24/10/2022 20:21:05    2445307

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Hopefully Carr and O Rourke will let Donegal play football going forward. Play Murphy at Full Forward and all players in their best positions, if players want to dictate to manager how and where to play,then just leave them on the line till their egos go down a bit. Let the players play football and get rid of all the negative and back passing of the last few years, used by nearly all club managers and all county underage managers."
Well that's hope anyway whoever is managing us that we try and play attacking football more, Murphy has to be played at FF now imo,
whoever takes charge I wish them all the best, I'd prefer if it was one of our own taking charge but maybe the change to an outside man will be no harm either.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2249 - 24/10/2022 20:31:49    2445309

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https://donegalgaa.ie/paddy-carr-appointed-senior-manager-by-donegal-gaa/

Reading that, nobody can doubt Paddy Carr's commitment and desire to do well for Donegal. Everyone needs to give this management team a chance now and get behind them and stop all the negativity.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 24/10/2022 21:18:50    2445312

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Best of luck to the two men. It's hardly the start anyone would want the way things were done. Who is really manager? Carr or o'rourke? Is Carr there to keep a donegal element to it. He has retired from teaching. Will players respond to someone that age profile. All very strange. Under review after one year as well. Is this a handover job like the FAI done for Murphy or kavanagh in a year or two

THE EXTRAMAN (Donegal) - Posts: 546 - 25/10/2022 08:16:21    2445316

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Listened to an interview with Paddy Carr this morning. Was enthusiastic and came across excited and clued in. Wish him and Aidan O'Rourke all the best now in their tenure. As others have said, time to rally behind the new men now.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1200 - 25/10/2022 09:46:01    2445324

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It is what it is and best of luck to the two men involved and their backroom team.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 408 - 25/10/2022 10:12:51    2445330

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Well that's hope anyway whoever is managing us that we try and play attacking football more, Murphy has to be played at FF now imo,
whoever takes charge I wish them all the best, I'd prefer if it was one of our own taking charge but maybe the change to an outside man will be no harm either."
Carr is one of our own, a passionate Donegal man who genuinely cares about Donegal football.. Reared outside the county only because his parents moved away like many others to find work. Former Donegal player as well.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 25/10/2022 10:28:36    2445334

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I was of the opinion that a change was needed after Declan's tenure ended so I can hardly be on here complaining too much about what we have now. I think we need to try and be optimistic. A good few of us here have often lamented the style of play in Donegal club football. So maybe a fresh voice or two from outside the county won't necessarily be a bad thing. There are plenty of good footballers in Donegal who I'm sure have the capacity to adapt to new styles of play under a new voice so lets wait and see before casting judgement.

All the best to the two men and their backroom team.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8282 - 25/10/2022 10:50:16    2445342

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Good luck to paddy and Aidan. Hopefully it works out well. Give the lads a chance they deserve it. Plenty had chances to manage us but turned it down.. I for one am delighted with the appointment

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1863 - 25/10/2022 10:53:49    2445346

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I am optimistic about the appointment of both men, a lot of experience there, and i am sure they will bring more in to the backroom team.
o'rourke has a top quality job in belfast University in sports organisation, so should add a lot to the setup.
Also Carr has a lot of connections and i am sure will add more quality to his backroom team.
Change was needed, and even through i believe the county board and selection Committee could have handled the process a lot better.
I am glad we got there and wish both men the best of luck.
One year review is strange, because i believe we have fallen behind in terms of fitness and conditioning, and i believe it would take at least two years to catch up with the top tier teams.
But hopefully i am wrong and they have us in top physical conditioning by championship time, and mentally strong.
I always believed Donegal has the footballers, but lack the mentality to go that extra mile to reach the top.
A good management team will change that mindset hopefully.

Looking forward to see whats ahead

The keeper (Donegal) - Posts: 612 - 25/10/2022 11:46:14    2445356

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Replying To greenfan:  "Carr is one of our own, a passionate Donegal man who genuinely cares about Donegal football.. Reared outside the county only because his parents moved away like many others to find work. Former Donegal player as well."
TBH I never knew much about the man, I see that Paddy Carr is the manager and O'Rourke is just the coach so the buck stops with Carr.
A review after 1 year is no bad idea, I really hope things go well for him though it all depends too on what the players make of it.
If he at least keeps Murphy in at FF most of the time it would be a good start imo.
hopefully we can start playing some decent football now and get away a bit anyway from the risk averse borefest of recent years.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2249 - 25/10/2022 14:15:59    2445379

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Just want to go public with this endorsement :
Paddy carr has my full backing for the big job. Best of luck with it, Paddy !

Donegal_D (Donegal) - Posts: 61 - 25/10/2022 15:25:11    2445401

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For those hoping for a more direct style of play you would think that O'Rourke who won an All Ireland and 7 Ulster titles on a team that excelled on long balls in to Ronan Clarke and Stevie McDonald would be all too aware of that tactic. However defensive structures have changed a lot since that time and I don't think it will be as simple as putting Murphy in at Full Forward and all will be well but I do think he should be in the attacking third of the pitch.From reading his articles Aidan seems to be a very forensic student of the game.I don't know what Paddy's philosophy to the game is but when all is said and done getting the team motivated and playing with intensity will be what is required most.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 869 - 25/10/2022 16:00:17    2445411

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Replying To gunman:  "For those hoping for a more direct style of play you would think that O'Rourke who won an All Ireland and 7 Ulster titles on a team that excelled on long balls in to Ronan Clarke and Stevie McDonald would be all too aware of that tactic. However defensive structures have changed a lot since that time and I don't think it will be as simple as putting Murphy in at Full Forward and all will be well but I do think he should be in the attacking third of the pitch.From reading his articles Aidan seems to be a very forensic student of the game.I don't know what Paddy's philosophy to the game is but when all is said and done getting the team motivated and playing with intensity will be what is required most."
Yes I remember reading O'Rourke's articles on the RTE Sport website. While I didn't always agree with what he said, he certainly made you think, and always made a point or two that maybe you hadn't considered despite watching the same match. The Armagh team he played on took no prisoners so if he can instil a bit of that toughness and edge into our lads as well then it'll be no harm.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8282 - 25/10/2022 16:32:16    2445417

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Best of luck to paddy Carr and his team, glad the whole selection debacle has finally been concluded. Has to be have been one of the most convaluted and clandestine selection processes of all time. Donegal county board making FAI look slick....

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 700 - 26/10/2022 20:51:50    2445569

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