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Eamonn McGee reassessing his future after final loss

By Declan Bogue

Donegal defender Eamonn McGee has revealed that he had words of consolation for distraught goalkeeper Paul Durcan.

A short kickout from Durcan resulted in a goal for Kerry on 51 minutes, and immediately after the final whistle the Four Masters man ran down the tunnel to the sanctuary of the dressing rooms.

"I went in to Paul last night and it was very, very emotional to go in and chat to him," revealed the Gweedore man at the City West Hotel, scene of what Donegal had hoped would be the winning banquet on Sunday night.

McGee added: "Paul will be all right. He has taken a lot of the brunt. In my opinion we would have lost the game no matter what."

When asked if the mistake was down to the glare of the sun or the colour clash of jerseys, McGee responded: "We'll get to the bottom of that soon.

"I don't know whether it was the sun or the colours."

He also intimated that had they won on Sunday, there was a strong chance Jim McGuinness would have stepped down as manager, and his future along with the manager's is undecided as of yet.

"Jim is like myself and a few others," he said. "We just have to sit down and decide.

"Ideally the plan was to have a second All-Ireland in the back pocket and sail off into the sunset.

"We'll just have to re-evaluate that and think about it, but if Jim is knocking about it would be hard to walk away from it, but going by what he says he is not closing the door on it, so there is hope for us yet."

He also reacted to the first half foul count, which read 10 Kerry fouls to a solitary Donegal misdemeanour, with tongue in cheek.

"They were well coached and there's no point saying otherwise," commented Magee, whose lack of going into detail spoke volumes about the true feelings in the Donegal camp.

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