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Donegal manager Jim McGuinness lets rip over book's 'untruths' and 'vile articles'

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Sarah Mc Donald, from Armagh and Naimh Brittan from Ballybofey.Donegall Fans watch the match at the Botanic Inn Belfast- (Chris VoxPop)
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / PresseyeFans watch the closing stages of the All Ireland Final in the Botanic Inn, Belfast
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / PresseyeFans watch the closing stages of the All Ireland Final in the Botanic Inn, Belfast
Mary Bradley closing her BandB to watch the final in Downing Co.Donegal for the Final. Puc By Philip Fitzatrick
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal players console Keith HigginsMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoMayo's Donal Vaughan dejectedMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoLee Keegan of Mayo is consoled by Jason Doherty at the end of the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoMayo's Seamus O'Shea dejected at the final whistleMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoCaptain's Michael Murphy and David Clarke with referee Maurice DeeganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal's Michael Murphy celebrates scoring a goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal's Colm McFadden celebrates scoring a goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoMichael Murphy of Donegal scores the first goal of the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal's Paddy McGrath and Aidan O'Shea of MayoMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Kevin, Meabh and Marie Connolly watch the All Ireland on the big screen at Belfast City Hall.
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Tracey Donaghy from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone, Bronagh Conwell from Donemanna and Orlaith Kerlin from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone get ready to watch the All Ireland final from the Hatfield Bar, Ormeau Road Belfast
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Tracey Donaghy from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone and Orlaith Kerlin from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone watch the All Ireland from the Hatfield Bar, Ormeau Road Belfast
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Tracey Donaghy from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone, Orlaith Kerlin from Aughabrack, Co Tyrone and Bronagh Conwell from Donemanna watch the All Ireland from the Hatfield Bar, Ormeau Road Belfast
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal captain Michael Murphy raises the Sam MaguireMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal captain Michael Murphy lifts the Sam MaguireMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoMayo's Aidan O'Shea dejectedMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoMayo manager James Horan reacts during the final moments of the matchMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal captain Michael Murphy raises the Sam MaguireMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoGoalkeeper Paul Durcan and Donegal players celebrate at the final whistleMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDavid Walsh (top) and team mates jump on goalkeeper Paul Durcan at the end of the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal manager Jim McGuinness and Michael Murphy celebrate after the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal manager Jim McGuinness and Michael Murphy celebrate after the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with players after winning the Sam MaguireMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal's winning manager from 1992 Brian McEniff and Donegal manager Jim McGuinnessMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 23/9/2012Donegal vs MayoDonegal's Michael Murphy scores a goalMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / Presseye(L-R) Ronan Mc Parlandfrom Hilltown, Oisin Mc Kee from Kilcarr, Cahal O' Grady from Kilcarand r Ruairi Keenan from Donegal Town.Donegall Fans watch the match at the Botanic Inn Belfast- (Chris VoxPop)
All Ireland Final - Donegal v Mayo Fans Pictures - 23rd September 2012Round - Copyright Presseye.comMandatory Credit Declan Roughan / PresseyeBronagh Conwell from Donemanna watch the All Ireland from the Hatfield Bar, Ormeau Road Belfast
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
Donegal fans celebrating the victory of the Donegal team in the All-Ireland final with Mayo in Downings, Co Donegal. Pic by Philip Fitzpatrick
Donegal's Jim McGuinness is congratulated with fans
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town shops. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Paddy McGrath is hungry for success and wants to get his hands on an All-Ireland medal
US President Barrack Obama, whose ancesters came from Mayo, supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Ballybofey shop window, Donegal. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
One of the more novel ways Donegal fans are showing their support for the county team ahead of this weekends All Ireland Final. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.09.12
A giant bear is just one of the more inventive ways Donegal fans are showing their support for the county team ahead of this weekends All Ireland Final. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.09.12
Donegal fans, Gertrude Kelly, Anthony McLaighlin and Marian Kelly pictured in Malin ahead of this weekends All Ireland final. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
Two sheep outside Malin which have been dyed in Donegal County colours ahead of this weekends all Ireland Final and one dyed with the red and green colours of County Mayo. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
A message painted on a field outside Malin village in County Donegal refering to Jim McGuinness, manager of the All Ireland finalists. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
The Carman's Bar outside Muff, County Donegal which has been painted in the county colours ahead of this weekends all Ireland Final. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
Muff businessman Peter McLaughlin whose business Donegal Signs, has boomed in the days leading up to this weekends All Ireland Final. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Ballybofey Donegal. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Ballybofey Donegal. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, with the celebration cake in a Donegal Town bakery. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
A flag seller sets out his wares for Donegal's All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Ballybofey Donegal. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park 26/8/2012Cork vs Donega lDonegal's Mark McHugh celebrates the final whistle
Donegal Football Press Night, Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal 4/9/2012 Paddy McGrath
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 A painted Caravan outside Bundoran in Co Donegal
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 From L-R Phelim Brady, Declan Breslin and Tom McHugh and Conor Cassidy with a painted car in Donegal Town
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 Declan Breslin with a painted car in Donegal Town
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 The scotsman Bar in Donegal Town
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 Catriona Ward from Dungloe in Co Donegal
Pacemaker Press 14/9/2012 A painted Car outside Bundoran in Co Donegal
Support from the Garda for the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The Diamond in Donegal Town where the team will return to following their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
One of the messages of support in Letterkenny County Donegal as fans show their support for the county team ahead of this weekends All Ireland Final. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 20.09.12
A good luck message spelt out in white sand bags which dominates the hills around Malin village in County Donegal ahead of this weekends All Ireland Final. Picture Martin McKeown. Inprespics.com.
County Donegal GAA fan Fiona McHenry from Moville. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
A woman passes a mural supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ©
Supporting the Donegal team for their All Ireland Final clash against Mayo, in Donegal Town. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ©
County Donegal GAA fan Robert Bredin from Moville. PIcture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
Stones mark out the Malin Head community's support and confidence that the County Donegal team will win the All Ireland Final. Picture Martin Mckeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.9.12
Cork vs Donegal Donegal fans Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Bredagh Breslin from Creeslough, Co. Donegal beside a mural of Jim McGuinnessMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Kieran Murray
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Jim McGuinness had just completed perhaps the great coaching journey of the modern era in Gaelic football an hour earlier, but when he walked into the post-match press conference it quickly became obvious that he had something on his mind.

The positivity that had radiated from him all season was absent as he fixed his stare on a stopwatch strapped to his arm, clearly gathering his thoughts. He rose from his chair and returned briefly to the ante room that links the TV interview area and the dressing-room corridor.

A representative from the Croke Park press office then re-entered to deliver a request from McGuinness to Declan Bogue, the Ulster-based journalist who had collaborated with Kevin Cassidy for the controversial book 'This Is Our Year' that led to Cassidy's removal from the squad last November, to leave the room. Only if his request was acceded to, it emerged, would he return to conduct any print media interviews.

When McGuinness re-entered the auditorium he gave the background to the request and why, after 10 months, he was now addressing the vexed issue of Cassidy's contribution and seeking the author's removal. Bogue had been to all of Donegal's post-match press conferences this summer without any disapproval from McGuinness and had even been to the Donegal media night in advance of the final three weeks earlier.

But now McGuinness, with the journey complete, was delivering what he felt was the necessary riposte in their time of glory.

"There were a lot of untruths in the book. There was a lot of things said about me. I've never broken court on it since the whole thing happened. I've held my dignity. I've let myself be castigated. And I did that because I gave somebody an agreement that I wouldn't break my court on it.

"There were a lot of things said in the book that were incorrect and untrue, some of it about me personally and about some of my players. The person who wrote that book had no researcher on the book to qualify what was said. The other people in the media that wrote fairly vile articles had no researcher to qualify the comments. It was an all-out attack for a couple of months on my character. I know what I've done, I know what I've coached, I know what I am as a person.

"So I'm not going to let somebody sit in a room and fill their pages tomorrow on the back of what we've done today when they in their wisdom degraded me as a person and some of my players," said McGuinness. "I'm not a two-faced person, I'm not going to be two-faced here and let somebody have their jam on both sides. It was a very hard period in my life, for my family and everybody else and I still held my dignity."

Pressed as to why he hadn't responded at the time of the book's launch, McGuinness said there was little comeback for him. "If I challenged it at the time, it makes the story bigger and the people who've read it in the first place have made up their minds about it anyway. So why would I go over old ground, creating a bigger story, making it bigger and bigger and bigger and the people who have read it in the first place will have their own view? I'm not going to answer any more about it.

"And there's another person who if he was here would be out of the room as well. It was absolutely vile what he wrote, all on falsehoods. Absolutely vile that you could get away with that and degrade somebody to that level and feel then that you can write another article to rectify the wrong.

"It's wrong that people should act in haste and repent at leisure. It's not hard to get a researcher on a book. That's the end of it. I'm leaving if there's another question."

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