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Donegal now wait on answer from Jim McGuinness

By John Campbell

Donegal county board officials expect to learn over the weekend if Jim McGuinness is to continue as manager for another year.

McGuinness has spent this week in Glasgow fulfilling his duties with Celtic as club delegates debated and then voted on his request that the domestic championship campaign should be put on ice until the county team's interest in both the Ulster and All-Ireland championships had been terminated.

A 20-6 vote in favour of the proposal put forward provided the green light for postponing the Donegal championship and while this may not have pleased everyone in the county, it is thought to have gone a considerable way to smoothing the path for McGuinness to confirm an extension of his tenure.

While county chairman Sean Dunnion has hinted that "other issues" have been raised by McGuinness, it is thought that these should not prove insurmountable.

Since their embarrassing collapse against Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, there has been speculation that some Donegal players may call time on their county careers.

However, if McGuinness stays in charge it is unlikely that there will be any major changes in playing personnel although it is expected that some younger players will be brought in to augment the panel.

Meanwhile, a deadline of September 20 has been set by the Fermanagh county board for potential candidates to submit their applications for the vacant senior football manager's job.

Peter Canavan's decision not to remain at the helm triggered a sharp reaction from a number of players who had served under him and it would now appear that his successor will have a huge task in attempting to restore morale in advance of the new season.

Fermanagh PRO Johnny McManus now insists that the county must focus on the future rather than the recent past.

"We need to have someone in to replace Peter Canavan as soon as possible," he adds.

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