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McGuinness will not rule out return
19 Oct 2014 21:09
Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has said he would never rule out a return to the county but that he would not be commenting on a potential successor or or interfere in any way.
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In his first radio interview since standing down as Donegal boss earlier this month, McGuinness told RTÉ Sport that he had no regrets about his time as manager or his decision to step down.
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“Absolutely none,” was McGuinness’s answer to whether he had any regrets. “I think regrets come from situations where you feel as if you’ve undersold yourself, or there was more there; ‘Why did I not do this?’
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“I’m not saying everything was perfect, because nothing is ever perfect, but if your intentions are perfect, and your attitude to go and do the best that you can do is as good as it can be, and you give it everything you’ve got [you should have no regrets].
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“There are so many managers up and down the country working with division three teams and division four teams, and maybe winning an All-Ireland is not a realistic objective at the beginning of the year for them, but they’re giving it absolutely everything. For me, there is an unbelievable purity in that.”
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He said he had not been tempted to stay on any longer, and that for him, the role had been about giving something back to Donegal.
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“I suppose I wanted to give something back to the county. That was the most important thing. I’m fierce proud of where I come from, and I enjoyed every minute playing for Donegal, and it was an exceptional honour to manage them as well.
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“I just wanted to give everything that I had in my body for my county for that number of years, and not to look back in anger. And that’s the one thing, at this moment in time, I’m very content about: I’m very content that I didn’t cut corners, that I gave it everything.
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“We came up short in the final this year, but if you look at the five years, with the 21s and the four with the seniors, when you look at all of them together it was a very good period and a very enjoyable period."
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McGuinness refused to speculate on his possible successors, and promised that he would not interfere or hang about – “once you’re out the door you’re out the door”.
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However, he did suggest that he might go back to the Donegal job at some point in the future.
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“I love my county and I love the people of Donegal. I love everything about the last five years and what the boys have done and what they’ve given to the county, and I would never rule that out.”
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