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Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Houston's big problem
Donegal manager Mickey Moran
Moran's methods haven't pleased Mickey Houston
Donegal selector Mickey Houston has quit his position as part of Mickey Moran's backroom team.

Houston announced the decision, stating that his position had become untenable.

The former St Eunan's Letterkenny manager claimed Donegal boss Moran had made a number of substitutions during the recent championship defeat by Fermanagh without consulting him.

"I was expected to share the responsibility for defeat, even though I had neither hand nor part in any of the decisions which were made against Fermanagh in the replay," Houston told the Donegal Democrat.

"Under those circumstances, I felt I could not continue," he added.

Houston said he was "baffled" by the substitutions of Johnny McCafferty, Raymond Sweeney and John Gildea in the closing stages of the replay defeat.

Donegal's John Gildea
John Gildea has quit the Donegal panel

"Personally I was enjoying the game because Donegal were on top and none of the changes were necessary because none of them added in any way to Donegal's strength," he said.

Houston also claimed that his position had been undermined on a number of occasions prior to the Enniskillen defeat.

The surprise news comes a week after John Gildea said that was quitting the panel.

Gildea is travelling to America for the summer where he will play for Donegal Boston.

Gildea was annoyed by his substitution in the Enniskillen match.

Donegal are now in the draw for the first round of the All-Ireland qualifying series but Gildea will not be involved.

Meanwhile, Paul Shields has quit the Down panel after he wasn't selected for Sunday's championship defeat by Cavan.

Miceal Magill was given the centre half-back jersey in preference to Clonduff man Shields.

Cavan forward Mickey Graham is doubtful for the Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh or Monaghan on 24 June after picking up ankle ligament damage against Down.

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