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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "I'm not a big gambler, but I always have a wee punt at our boys at this time of year. For many years now we have ranged from 16/1 to 25/1 at this time of year. Prior to Michaels retirement and the announcement of the management team we were at 20/1. Today, 50/1. I'd say each of those events added 15 to our odds. Would a tenner each way be madness...."
I'd advise you to keep your 20 euro, the bookies have enough as it is, we haven't a hope of getting to an All Ireland now, we'll be very lucky to stay in div 1 even the way it's looking.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2249 - 06/12/2022 20:04:31    2449698

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Replying To Scenicparish:  "Your obviously not a true Donegal supporter. Paddy and his backroom team deserve a fair crack at the whip like all previous managers. The task is daunting enough after loosing the best Donegal player of all time. There is far too much negativity around the new management. Give them a fair chance."
Well said. Everyone writing off a manager because he didn't tell everyone all his plans for the new season on a radio interview. His answers were very similar to a lot of current managers, vague answers, where they give very little away. People comparing paddy carr to Steve Staunton taking over the Irish soccer team is nonsense. Paddy carr is an experienced, all-ireland winning manager, Staunton had no experience.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 07/12/2022 10:33:18    2449726

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It's worth noting that when the Donegal job became available, all the experts and legends who are getting well paid to give their opinions on radio, TV and in newspapers ran for the hills. Before people criticise the manager we now have in place, they should remember that he was the only man willing to take on the job. He's retired from his job to give this his full commitment.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 07/12/2022 10:45:38    2449731

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Have heard that one of the 3 man interview panel has magically made his way into the back room team? Unreal stuff. I'm hopeful we do very well this year no more than anyone else but some of this stuff is odd.

Listened to Paddy Carr's interview myself and felt he would be a good politician, deflecting questions. No harm maybe at all. Could be keeping cards close to his chest. Best wishes to the man and his squad, will be at the games full of hope as always for Donegal.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1198 - 07/12/2022 11:11:58    2449734

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I've nothing against Paddy Carr and I am hopeful for the new season all the same because of his clear passion for Donegal and the talent we still have in the squad, but there's no doubt that the board and whole process has been a shambles from start to finish.

Someone on here saying legends ran for the hills when the job became available, the chat around Rory Kavanagh is well known in the county so I doubt very much the idea that Paddy Carr was the only man interested in the job. Face it - the administration of Donegal football has been an ego trip for a select few for a very very long time and we're bearing the fruit of it now. Declan did a great job in the face of all that though I had plenty of issues with his tactics in the final year or two.

I think we have good ability in the county but we are more likely to be back to the teams of the mid-late 90s and 2000s, nice footballers who can do it on the odd day but not challenging consistently - at least for the forseeable. I would love to be wrong.

CCFabu (Donegal) - Posts: 21 - 07/12/2022 12:20:51    2449739

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Replying To greenfan:  "It's worth noting that when the Donegal job became available, all the experts and legends who are getting well paid to give their opinions on radio, TV and in newspapers ran for the hills. Before people criticise the manager we now have in place, they should remember that he was the only man willing to take on the job. He's retired from his job to give this his full commitment."
Next thing you'll be spinning is that he's doing it for nothing, if he was the only man willing to take on the job then that says it all really about the county board.
I still believe we have a lot of talented players in this county if they are manged right the potential is there, depends now who is available next year too.
I hope it goes well for Paddy Carr but I have serious doubts, hope I'm proved wrong. I think we are heading backways at pace.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2249 - 07/12/2022 12:31:36    2449741

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Is there any further information around the u21 A Championship? I believe there has been some delay due to the fact that Dungloe have a game or two to catch up on in their group because of their senior team's involement in Ulster competition? When are the quarter finals likely to be played now? The weekend of 17th/18th? Not ideal with college exams going on.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8282 - 07/12/2022 12:32:38    2449742

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Have heard that one of the 3 man interview panel has magically made his way into the back room team? Unreal stuff. I'm hopeful we do very well this year no more than anyone else but some of this stuff is odd.

Listened to Paddy Carr's interview myself and felt he would be a good politician, deflecting questions. No harm maybe at all. Could be keeping cards close to his chest. Best wishes to the man and his squad, will be at the games full of hope as always for Donegal."
Actually two of the three-man interview committee who were tasked with finding a new manager are now on the backroom team. Mind-boggling but scary as well for Donegal GAA. Shows you exactly where we are off the pitch with our county board.

ryan (Donegal) - Posts: 565 - 07/12/2022 13:12:18    2449753

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Replying To CCFabu:  "I've nothing against Paddy Carr and I am hopeful for the new season all the same because of his clear passion for Donegal and the talent we still have in the squad, but there's no doubt that the board and whole process has been a shambles from start to finish.

Someone on here saying legends ran for the hills when the job became available, the chat around Rory Kavanagh is well known in the county so I doubt very much the idea that Paddy Carr was the only man interested in the job. Face it - the administration of Donegal football has been an ego trip for a select few for a very very long time and we're bearing the fruit of it now. Declan did a great job in the face of all that though I had plenty of issues with his tactics in the final year or two.

I think we have good ability in the county but we are more likely to be back to the teams of the mid-late 90s and 2000s, nice footballers who can do it on the odd day but not challenging consistently - at least for the forseeable. I would love to be wrong."
The County Board is like musical chairs. It needs a good clear out, too many living in the past and void of new ideas. I would love Mc Gonagle to get the chair if only for a change.
Rory Cavanagh has been a great player for Donegal. It looks like he was talked into the Donegal job rather than making the move himself.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 49 - 07/12/2022 13:44:47    2449759

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Next thing you'll be spinning is that he's doing it for nothing, if he was the only man willing to take on the job then that says it all really about the county board.
I still believe we have a lot of talented players in this county if they are manged right the potential is there, depends now who is available next year too.
I hope it goes well for Paddy Carr but I have serious doubts, hope I'm proved wrong. I think we are heading backways at pace."
More negativity. Give the current management a chance.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 49 - 07/12/2022 13:47:16    2449760

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A lot of talk about how we are doomed without Murphy.Portugal left out one of the greatest players of all time last night and probably played their best ever game.We drew the Ulster Final in normal time and Maybe we would have won it if Murphy had been left out and possibly taken on late on in the game.Players can sometimes be overawed by these big names and don't flourish the way they should.It is a great opportunity now for others to step up if they have anything about them.I just hope there is not as much negativity in the squad as there is out there in general.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 869 - 07/12/2022 14:30:38    2449766

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Replying To gunman:  "A lot of talk about how we are doomed without Murphy.Portugal left out one of the greatest players of all time last night and probably played their best ever game.We drew the Ulster Final in normal time and Maybe we would have won it if Murphy had been left out and possibly taken on late on in the game.Players can sometimes be overawed by these big names and don't flourish the way they should.It is a great opportunity now for others to step up if they have anything about them.I just hope there is not as much negativity in the squad as there is out there in general."
I hope none of the current players read this forum. They'll be depressed if they do with all the negativity.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 193 - 07/12/2022 15:38:42    2449774

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Where's this great young team that bonner was holding back.. only Murphy gone so we should definitely be hitting Croke Park this year.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1862 - 07/12/2022 17:14:22    2449783

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Is there any further information around the u21 A Championship? I believe there has been some delay due to the fact that Dungloe have a game or two to catch up on in their group because of their senior team's involement in Ulster competition? When are the quarter finals likely to be played now? The weekend of 17th/18th? Not ideal with college exams going on."
No word anyway to our club when quarter final will be played. Masters had a walkover against Killybegs when they refused to play due to not enough numbers. Looks like a play off now between NC and Masters to determine who finishes top. This pushes it further down the road and means NC will have played an extra game than everyone else. Bad enough but worse with the state of pitches.

tidytownman (Donegal) - Posts: 258 - 07/12/2022 18:46:05    2449792

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Where's this great young team that bonner was holding back.. only Murphy gone so we should definitely be hitting Croke Park this year."
Are you 100% clear it's only Murphy gone from the squad of last year? If we have everyone available we do have a great young squad. If 4/5 key hitters are missing then you won't be able to compare with the Bonner years much as you would love to.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1198 - 07/12/2022 18:48:42    2449793

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Replying To gunman:  "A lot of talk about how we are doomed without Murphy.Portugal left out one of the greatest players of all time last night and probably played their best ever game.We drew the Ulster Final in normal time and Maybe we would have won it if Murphy had been left out and possibly taken on late on in the game.Players can sometimes be overawed by these big names and don't flourish the way they should.It is a great opportunity now for others to step up if they have anything about them.I just hope there is not as much negativity in the squad as there is out there in general."
Your team will flourish without Murphy, imo, he was holding yous back, time for young men to step up instead of looking at murphy to do it who really didnt have it in the legs or body anymore

monaghanmad (Monaghan) - Posts: 307 - 08/12/2022 08:55:06    2449807

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Replying To monaghanmad:  "Your team will flourish without Murphy, imo, he was holding yous back, time for young men to step up instead of looking at murphy to do it who really didnt have it in the legs or body anymore"
Murphy is 2 years then Conor McManus who Monaghan still rely on

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2609 - 08/12/2022 09:52:22    2449810

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Replying To monaghanmad:  "Your team will flourish without Murphy, imo, he was holding yous back, time for young men to step up instead of looking at murphy to do it who really didnt have it in the legs or body anymore"
Many in the pub?

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7370 - 08/12/2022 10:14:05    2449816

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Replying To monaghanmad:  "Your team will flourish without Murphy, imo, he was holding yous back, time for young men to step up instead of looking at murphy to do it who really didnt have it in the legs or body anymore"
No team in the country would be better off without Michael Murphy. He still has loads to offer if his workload and positioning on the field is managed correctly in my opinion.

But we must make peace with the fact that he has stepped away. I do agree with you that it will be up to the others now to drive things on. There is still plenty of talent there to remain competitive.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8282 - 08/12/2022 10:28:32    2449819

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Are you 100% clear it's only Murphy gone from the squad of last year? If we have everyone available we do have a great young squad. If 4/5 key hitters are missing then you won't be able to compare with the Bonner years much as you would love to."
Stop making excuses all ready. We were held back according to most of yous last year… all I'm saying it's time to let off the handbrake and see what we're worth. Starting with staying in division 1. We done it this last few years so no reason why we won't this year.. Murphy was Not going to last forever plenty players there ?

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1862 - 08/12/2022 11:50:17    2449840

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