Jim McGuinness is being backed to haul Donegal back into contention after a second stint as manager was confirmed last night.
BoyleSports has already cut the two-time All-Ireland champions into 16/1 from 25/1 to get their hands on the Sam Maguire next season after the winning captain from 1992 signed up on a three-year term with an option for a fourth.
McGuinness oversaw the second of Donegal’s All-Ireland titles when he managed the 2012 final victory over Mayo, but is now tasked with a revival for the county after a turbulent season including relegation from the top flight of the National League, defeat to Down in the Ulster Championship and exits for manager Paddy Carr and interim boss Aidan O’Rourke.
Beaten semi-finalists in the last two seasons Derry (10/1) and 2021 champions Tyrone (14/1) remain more likely All-Ireland champions from the Ulster contingent according to the latest odds, although at 9/4 apiece the betting suggests another shootout between this year’s finalists Dublin and Kerry in the race for Sam in 2024.
Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented, “Local punters clearly think this is the second coming because there is a growing belief Jimmy will get them winning matches again and even have a shot at Sam.”