Jim McGuinness steps down as Donegal manager
After five years and one All-Ireland title, Jim McGuinness has stepped away from the Donegal scene.
Like so many of the tactics and results he produced over the years, Jim McGuinness departure came as a surprise. While many felt defeat to Kerry in the All-ireland final would see the end of his tenure, the timing, at 11.45pm on a Friday night, was out of the ordinary.
But so was his time in charge, re-energising Donegal from also-rans to champions in 2012, as well as his succesful spell in charge of the county's U21 teams. Add in three Ulster crowns with the seniors and you have a remarkable tally of success.
Here is the statment issued tonight.
Jim McGuinness steps down as manager of @officialdonegal senior football team. Statement attached. pic.twitter.com/cE77D9xWTn
— Aodh O'Fearraigh (@HMFerry) October 3, 2014
Whoever replaces him has a massive pair of shoes to fill.