first_imgFORMER Donegal county star Rory Kavanagh has revealed how he and other senior players backed Jim McGuinness over the exclusion of Kevin Cassidy from the squad in 2011.But writing in his biography – Winning: How Donegal Changed The Game Forever – the Letterkenny man says he might have a different view now.Kavanagh reveals how players that year DID put their signature to a piece of paper – but there was NO CONTRACT. The St Eunan’s captain said Cass ‘was an animal of a man’ who could have played on for another ten years at the top level. He had disciplinary issues with previous Donegal managers “but there was not a man who looked ready to bleed for Donegal as heavily as Cass”.Cassidy had cooperated with the production of a book called ‘This Is Our Year’ – which left McGuinness fuming.“He had broken the team’s code by doing so,” says Kavanagh in his book.“In the weeks and months after McGuinness told him to go, there were stories in the newspapers about Kevin Cassidy and every last man on the squad signing contracts. Some people even claimed they were legally-binding documents……But that was total nonsense.” Kavanagh says at the start of each season, each player – starting with Michael Murphy – simply signed their names to a piece of paper. It was part of the bonding process.“McGuinness did make a big deal out of it. It was no blank sheet of paper in our eyes….he told us that no-one could break the bond once they had signed,” writes Kavanagh.“Cas had signed the sheet and Cass had broken the bond with every one of us by working with a journalist behind our backs.”Kavanagh says at the time he wanted nothing more to do with Cassidy at the time, and would have crossed the street to avoid him.He said he backed McGuinness 100 per cent as did Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher. “It was treachery….at the time I was delighted,” says Kavanagh.But now – looking back – he says he has some sympathy with the Gaoth Dobhair man. Now, says Kavanagh, he would cross the street to talk to Cassidy.“I ask myself now if Jim McGuinness was right to cut him as he did without hesitation and with absolutely no mercy?” says Rory.“I have softened since the end of 2011. I’m no longer one of them, one of the men in the dressing room and I ask myself also that if I was Donegal manager in 2011 would I have done that to Cass? WINNING is out now priced €17.99RORY KAVANAGH: I BACKED McGUINNESS OVER CASSIDY EXCLUSION – BUT I’M NOT SURE NOW was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookJim McGuinnessKevin CassidyRory KavanaghWinninglast_img read more