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McGuinness: Dublin & Donegal Should Be In Clones Not Croker

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has said that he feels Dublin’s clash with Donegal should be in a neutral venue rather than at Croke Park.

Speaking to Off The Ball AM, McGuinness outlined that Jim Gavin’s men have a clear advantage in the fact that they get to essentially play two games at home, outlining that Dublin losing twice in two weeks at Croke Park will simply not happen.

“I don’t think it is fair. A lot of the problems and issues that were raised over the last number of years was because Dublin had an unfair advantage if you like,” McGuinness said.

“We were the last team to beat them in 2014 in the championship. Are we seriously trying to suggest they’re going to get beaten twice in the space of the couple of weeks in Croke Park?

“It is almost inevitable that Dublin will progress from this group if they are given two home games at Croke Park.”

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/9/2014 Donegal vs Kerry Donegal's manager Jim McGuinness Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

McGuinness continued by saying that a neutral venue would be far better for the game and that it would not only be a great spectacle but it would also be “good for Dublin’s legacy.”

“I think the right thing to do would be to play the game in Donegal; to play the game in Dublin and then you have a neutral venue at Breffni Park [in Cavan] or in Clones.

“Can you imagine 40,000 people for Donegal against Dublin and what that would bring to the whole country? It would be a real spectacle.

“I think to for them to go to Clones or Breffni and play in the lion’s den in Ulster and come out the other side and show their absolute true colours in terms of the champions they are. I think that would be good for Dublin’s legacy and good for football.”

Donegal and Dublin clash in three weeks time in the first round of Super 8 games.

Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]