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End of an era time with the Big Man retiring - all the best Michael, pity we didn't see more of you at full forward - that goal v Mayo will live long in my memory. Not a great singer lol, but a genius powerhouse of a footballer and an absolute gent.

points50swiththeargyllsonthewrongfeet (Tyrone) - Posts: 108 - 16/11/2022 20:42:20    2447840

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There is definitely more to this than meets the eye...

But alas, thanks for everything Michael. "You gave us all plenty of days out, out of all our lives".

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 408 - 17/11/2022 08:15:58    2447859

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Class player. Surprised that he doesn't play another while. He's 2 years younger then Conor McManus who seems to be.co continuing with Monaghan.
Mauve all the knocks took it toll on Murphy, playing around midfield to full forward

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2612 - 17/11/2022 09:17:34    2447864

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Listened to Jim McGuinness on the radio this morning. 2/3 good years left in Murphy in his opinion at the edge of the square. Walking away at the peak of his powers in his opinion. Said he got a massive shock by the news.

ryan (Donegal) - Posts: 565 - 17/11/2022 11:28:53    2447889

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I thought he said a few weeks ago he was looking forward to new season

highdropingball (Donegal) - Posts: 24 - 17/11/2022 11:45:27    2447899

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I'd love to know if Rory Kavanagh had any inkling that this was on the cards? I'm sure Rory sought Michaels counsel when he was considering taking the job. If Rory hadn't heard, then this surely is as a direct result of the managerial appointment.

I'm shell-shocked.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 325 - 17/11/2022 12:26:38    2447909

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Michael being praised for the once in a generational player he was and rightly so. But he also carries himself with great dignity.

I remember being at a Club Championship game in Glenties back in 2011. All hell broke lose with an all in 30+ man melee. It was a week or two before the Ulster Final against Derry and Michael stayed out of it and tried to get Leo to do the same. Unfortunately Leo picked up an injury that kept him out of the Ulster Final.

Michael was applauded by all watching as he walked away from the melee.

A true leader.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 408 - 17/11/2022 13:13:53    2447917

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Good luck Michael on your retirement what a player saw him playing in his first Donegal game and what an impression he made.. be doubtful if we'll ever see the likes again. Going to Donegal games will never be the same again. Am I surprised by his decision in all honesty I'm not. Saw it coming. Thanks again Michael

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1865 - 17/11/2022 15:23:52    2447944

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Thanks Michael. Was hoping he'd do one more year in full forward with this new system in place. Test himself against the best about in this league /championship format in late summer. Thanks for the great days out

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 895 - 17/11/2022 17:03:34    2447960

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Especially disappointing news. In my and in most people's opinions the inevitable has come a bit earlier than you'd expect. Saying that the last few years have been injury ravaged. A massive blow to the new management and it's hard to believe there's not more to it especially after the shambolic attempts to appoint a new manager.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2739 - 17/11/2022 17:33:06    2447966

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The timing of it is strange.

greatpoint (USA) - Posts: 414 - 17/11/2022 19:57:23    2447978

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Replying To panamasam:  "Especially disappointing news. In my and in most people's opinions the inevitable has come a bit earlier than you'd expect. Saying that the last few years have been injury ravaged. A massive blow to the new management and it's hard to believe there's not more to it especially after the shambolic attempts to appoint a new manager."
Of course there has to be more to it.

However, the calibre of the man Michael is, we will likely never hear the truth from his end.

And we're not likely to get the truth from those behind the shambles, because they are incapable of it. Roll on Congress.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 325 - 17/11/2022 20:36:11    2447982

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Bonner should have stayed, I said it all along. And that's no disrespect to paddy carr. He would have changed his backroom team and freshened things up. I'm never far wrong

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1865 - 18/11/2022 13:10:14    2448049

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Bonner should have stayed, I said it all along. And that's no disrespect to paddy carr. He would have changed his backroom team and freshened things up. I'm never far wrong"
Very disrespectful post. This is the kind of keyboard warrior nonsense that drove Bonner out.

greatpoint (USA) - Posts: 414 - 18/11/2022 14:26:00    2448067

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Bonner should have stayed, I said it all along. And that's no disrespect to paddy carr. He would have changed his backroom team and freshened things up. I'm never far wrong"
Donegal was in need of a change, things had become very stale under Bonner. Not even bringing in Rochford improved things.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3000 - 18/11/2022 14:30:47    2448068

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Rorysboys who was the individual who went home because Michael had been chosen in frront of him in the Abbey Hotel before the journey to Carrick on Shannon?

neutral (None) - Posts: 341 - 18/11/2022 14:31:03    2448069

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I don't know the answer and I don't know why it's asked.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1865 - 18/11/2022 16:23:04    2448095

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After receiving a couple of WhatsApp messages regarding the new set up, all of which came from a Leinster source with a little bit of knowledge of what's going on. Of course he was only passing o what he had heard, and they rightly have to be treated with caution, but heaven above, if there's any truth to them, we are in for a world of pain.

They would certainly start to explain Michaels decision, which no matter what anyone claims, did come as a complete bolt from the blue.

It is said that Carr and O'Rourke have no backroom team in place!

Has there been a withdrawal by the Eunans contingent?

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 325 - 18/11/2022 18:04:34    2448108

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Not hearing good things at all about the current state of play with the county senior setup, if true, how have we ended up here? County board are a special group of people, they really are. They can take all the credit for this.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1200 - 18/11/2022 19:40:15    2448115

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Not hearing good things at all about the current state of play with the county senior setup, if true, how have we ended up here? County board are a special group of people, they really are. They can take all the credit for this."
If some of the rumours are true, it's an awful pity to think that someone like Murphy felt he had to step away because of the nonsense that went on recently.

Feel sorry for the new manager also if he's deprived of a few top players because of other people's actions.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 194 - 19/11/2022 09:52:26    2448132

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