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No Ryder role for McGuinness

01 March 2013

Colm McFadden of Donegal with Donegal manager Jim McGuinness after the NFL win over Down.
Paul McGinley says Jim McGuinness will have no official involvement in Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup bid.

There was speculation that the Donegal manager could be drafted into McGinley's backroom team for the prestigious golf tournament but Dubliner McGinley has confirmed that neither McGuinness nor Sunderland soccer boss Martin O'Neill will be officially enlisted:

"It has been suggested that Jim was basically going to be sitting in the cart with me," the Europe captain says in The Irish Independent. "I can assure you right now, nobody knows better than Jim that that's not going to be the case.

"He's a good family friend, and he's a guy that I admire.

"I'll be sharing conversations with him like I will with a lot of close friends over the next two years, but the idea of him sitting in the cart beside me flying around Gleneagles is not going to happen.

"Martin O'Neill was talked about in the same context. Yes, Martin's a good friend of mine and I'll be having conversations with him and Jim.

"It's a matter of me gathering information and listening to other people's views. By all means I'll be all ears, and by all means I'm interested to know if I'm missing something. That's what friends are for, particularly guys in positions like Martin and Jim."


Oh, come on. Can we get over the obsession with Jim McGuinness. Yes he won an All Ireland but he's only won the one and that was primarily via negative tactics.

Win another couple Jim and then come back to us!

WinLess, Bandon on 01/03/2013 at 13:522769

WinLess "via negative tactics." Are you serious? Donegal played the most exciting, flowing and complete football of last year. Jim McGuinness took a team that was beat comprehensively by a bad Armagh side in 2010 to Sam in just 2 years, his achievement with the same group of players that played in 2010 is truly monumental and as good if not better than achievements of other legendary managers.

I'll tell you now if he was manager of Cork, ya's would have more than a measly 1 Sam in the past 7/8 years.

Stop with the sour grapes and give credit where credit is due.

Slabber, Newry on 01/03/2013 at 15:002770

Just in reply to Bandon,s comment there about jim mc Guinness he has won 2all Ireland's and look at the way they won last year they beat all the so called big teams In the country Tyrone down Kerry cork don't think cork ever came through a rig of games like that to win a all Ireland .

Donegal on 01/03/2013 at 15:282771

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