Next Donegal Manager Odds – Jim McGuinness Favourite To Replace Carr

Jim McGuinness Favourite To Be Next Donegal Manager

Jim McGuinness is the 4/5 odds-on favourite with BoyleSports to replace Paddy Carr in the Donegal Senior Football hotseat.

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Carr took over from Declan Bonner in October and while his National League campaign began with victory over Kerry in Ballybofey, subsequent defeats to Tyrone, Monaghan, Armagh and Mayo have left the two-time All-Ireland champions already consigned to relegation to Division Two with a round of National League action remaining.

Carr’s resignation came as a shock to gaelic football fans. It is very strange to see a manager resign in the middle of an intercounty season even if there team gets relegated in the league.

There have been reports that Paddy Carr was more or less forced to resign with backlash coming from the Donegal players, presumably pointing the blame at Carr for the team’s poor performances in the league. Donegal’s last game was their worst performance to date as they fell to a humiliating 11-point defeat at the hands of Mayo, a county that had never won a game in Ballybofey prior to that game.

McGuinness confirmed last week to the Irish Examiner’s Gaelic Football podcast that he was part of a possible managerial ticket involving Rory Kavanagh and Karl Lacey last year, but was never contacted after Kavanagh withdrew from the race despite being “willing to help.”

Betting Favourites To Be Next Donegal Manager

While Jim McGuinness, Donegal’s winning captain from 1992, who also oversaw the second of Donegal’s All-Ireland titles when he managed the 2012 final victory over Mayo, is rated favourite with BoyleSports their are some other interesting names in the race for the Donegal manager job.

Second in the betting market for the role is St Eunan’s manager Rory Kavanagh, who is 3/1 second favourite.

Michael Murphy, who announced a shock retirement from the inter-county game in November, is also in the mix as 5/1 third favourite. An immediate return for Declan Bonner is rated an outside 25/1 chance, as is an Ulster return for Louth manager Mickey Harte.

In other gaelic football news, Galway will host Kerry this Sunday in the National League with a place in the Division One Final on the line. We previewed the Galway v Kerry game and took a look at each team’s chances in the final round of league action.

Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented:

“Rory Kavanagh was hot favourite last time, but punters are gunning for big Jim already so there are plenty out there who believe he’s the one to get Donegal winning matches again.” 

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