Nine Donegal players on All Star shortlist

Michael Murphy in full flight during Sunday's final. Photo Evan Logan

After a very difficult couple of weeks having lost the All Ireland final and lost the services of Jim McGuinness there was finally some good news for Donegal with nine of their players nominated for the 2014 All Star awards.

Paul Durcan looks as though he will get the goalkeeping award, while Neil McGee looks nailed on to be named in the full back line with brother Eamon also nominated.

Frank McGlynn is nominated in the half back line after another impressive season while big Neil Gallagher is a favourite to be named in the midfield where Odhran MacNiallais has also been nominated.

In the half forward line, Kilcar’s Ryan McHugh will hope to be named alongside Michael Murphy while Paddy McBrearty has been shortlisted in the full forward line following some very impressive displays from the bench this season.

The fact that nine Donegal players have been nominated goes to show the tremendous job that has been done by Jim McGuinness yet again this season.  Speaking of McGuinness, his former assistant Rory

Gallagher has this week emerged as the early frontrunner to replace the Glenties man in the hotseat.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have installed the Fermanagh man as the red hot 4/6 favourite to replace his former boss.

Former All Ireland winners Martin McHugh and Decaln Bonner have also been mentioned as have u21 boss Maxi Curran and former Armagh player Tony McAntee.

With the county board in no particular rush however, it looks like it could well be a long drawn out process before we actually find out who will be leading the county into the 2015 season and possibly beyond.