When Jim McGuinness took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team in the autumn of 2010, they'd been dismissed as a joke; a bunch of perennial underachievers too fond of the night life. When he stepped down four years later, they had won three Ulster championships, the 2012 All-Ireland title and contested the 2014 All-Ireland final against Kerry. This is the story of how he combined a unique vision and ferocious drive to create a powerful and disciplined team that bucked history and defied every expectation. McGuinness sent a shockwave through Gaelic games by devising an approach which polarised opinion and forced fans, players and managers alike to look at the game differently. From the outside, what Donegal were doing appeared mysterious, dark and fearsome. Here, and for the first time, McGuinness reveals what life was like at the heart of the action and reflects on the decisions and experiences that propelled his players to the summit of the sport. A moving and honest meditation on the nature of sportsmanship, dedication and what it means to lead, Until Victory Always is an honest and inspiring account of achievement in the face of incredible adversity.
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