AFC Bournemouth: Boss Eddie Howe confirms Donal McDermott departure

Bournemouth Echo: EXIT: Donal McDermott has left Cherries EXIT: Donal McDermott has left Cherries

BOSS Eddie Howe has today confirmed the departure of Cherries misfit Donal McDermott who has left the club by mutual consent following a troubled 26-month spell.

McDermott’s contract, which had 15 months to run, has been cancelled and not paid up, with the 24-year-old believed to have returned to his home in Ireland.

Signed by former boss Lee Bradbury in January 2012, McDermott’s career at Dean Court nosedived shortly after he had completed a £175,000 move from Huddersfield.

The Dubliner, who made 11 appearances for Cherries during a loan spell from Manchester City in 2011, was disciplined after missing the team coach to Bury in April 2012.

Just a month earlier, McDermott had also been fined £1,500 and banned from driving for 18 months after pleading guilty to being nearly twice the drink-drive limit.

Hauled off at half-time following a dismal showing during a 4-0 defeat at Swindon in Paul Groves’s penultimate game in charge, McDermott was given a clean slate following Howe’s arrival in October 2012.

But despite playing six times under Howe, he quickly fell out of favour and made his last league appearance as an 88th-minute substitute during a 3-0 win over Yeovil on Boxing Day 2012.

Although McDermott was handed another chance at the start of this season, featuring in League Cup ties against Portsmouth and Watford, he again failed to make an impression.

McDermott, who was believed to have rejected a number of offers to go on loan, had been training with the development squad until his stay at the club was brought to an end.

Boss Howe told the Daily Echo: “Donal wanted to go back to Ireland and we agreed to that. It did not work out for him here and the club has moved on. We wish him all the best in his future career and we now look to reshape our squad for next season.

“As a player, Donal has undoubted ability but we did not really see it on a consistent basis and it has been frustrating for him and us that it did not work out. Hopefully, he will get his career back on track.

“I firmly believe everyone deserves an opportunity. You can’t judge people on their past, you have to judge them on what they deliver for you and we did that with Donal. We gave him a clean slate but, unfortunately, it did not work out.”

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3:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

nothingtofear says...

Last seen in a pub near you.
Last seen in a pub near you. nothingtofear
  • Score: -3

3:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

susi.m says...

Silly silly young man. What a waste of talent.
Silly silly young man. What a waste of talent. susi.m
  • Score: 19

4:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

steve518 says...

What a waste, probably one of the most talented players in the squad.
What a waste, probably one of the most talented players in the squad. steve518
  • Score: 15

4:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

trolley says...

He does not realise what an opportunity he had.what a shocking waste of talent.20 years time it will be if only
He does not realise what an opportunity he had.what a shocking waste of talent.20 years time it will be if only trolley
  • Score: 15

4:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

If he lasts that long!
If he lasts that long! canfordcherry
  • Score: -2

4:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

stjxf12 says...

As the late great Ian Dury and the Blockheads sang "What a waste" so much promise and so much skill. Moving on Eddie only wants winners/positive players in his squad. Good luck Donal . Roll on Saturday it's been a long week.UTCIAD
As the late great Ian Dury and the Blockheads sang "What a waste" so much promise and so much skill. Moving on Eddie only wants winners/positive players in his squad. Good luck Donal . Roll on Saturday it's been a long week.UTCIAD stjxf12
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Strawbs_78 says...

This has been coming but it's a real shame and such a waste of talent. I watched a re-run of the first leg of the Huddersfield Play-Off Semi final a while back, and Donal stood out by some distance as the best player on the park. It was no surprise that Huddersfield signed him permanently not long afterwards.

If anyone was going to get the best out of Donal you would think it would be Eddie but it seems that not even he could sort the lad out.

A real shame.
This has been coming but it's a real shame and such a waste of talent. I watched a re-run of the first leg of the Huddersfield Play-Off Semi final a while back, and Donal stood out by some distance as the best player on the park. It was no surprise that Huddersfield signed him permanently not long afterwards. If anyone was going to get the best out of Donal you would think it would be Eddie but it seems that not even he could sort the lad out. A real shame. Strawbs_78
  • Score: 13

4:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Julian 2014 says...

No time for people like this,most people would give anything to be in his shoes and drink driving is a serious matter when a person could have been killed.
No time for people like this,most people would give anything to be in his shoes and drink driving is a serious matter when a person could have been killed. Julian 2014
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Going by the comments above (I don't know it first hand) the guy has fallen foul of the demon drink, allegedly, a trap that anyone of us could fall into and to then find hard to give it up. Clearly he will have been given a lot of help and support by the club and it is now time to move on. I sincerely hope that he will find strength from somewhere/someone which will help him to get his life back on track, after all everybody deserve a break and support 'there by the grace of God go I'. Addiction of any kind is a scourge and sups every bit of energy from one's life. My best wishes goes out to him and I hope that parting company from AFCB will not make matters worse for you.
Going by the comments above (I don't know it first hand) the guy has fallen foul of the demon drink, allegedly, a trap that anyone of us could fall into and to then find hard to give it up. Clearly he will have been given a lot of help and support by the club and it is now time to move on. I sincerely hope that he will find strength from somewhere/someone which will help him to get his life back on track, after all everybody deserve a break and support 'there by the grace of God go I'. Addiction of any kind is a scourge and sups every bit of energy from one's life. My best wishes goes out to him and I hope that parting company from AFCB will not make matters worse for you. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 21

4:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Square Old Codger says...

All very sad, a shocking waste of talent, I do hope that the young man will get his act together and make use of his undoubted talent. Eddie is big on character and commitment , rightly so, clearly this lad didn't measure up. But lets hope that the return home will cause him to look at his life style and make changes.
All very sad, a shocking waste of talent, I do hope that the young man will get his act together and make use of his undoubted talent. Eddie is big on character and commitment , rightly so, clearly this lad didn't measure up. But lets hope that the return home will cause him to look at his life style and make changes. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Fanfor45 says...

Oh well................
...............at least we know now.
Oh well................ ...............at least we know now. Fanfor45
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

swanagecherrie says...

A great shame I for one was really pleased when we signed him after how he played for us on loan the first time. A waist of a great talent which in years to come I'm sure he will regret. These days a professional footballer has to be the whole package on and off the field and with Eddie quite rightly nothing less will do.
A great shame I for one was really pleased when we signed him after how he played for us on loan the first time. A waist of a great talent which in years to come I'm sure he will regret. These days a professional footballer has to be the whole package on and off the field and with Eddie quite rightly nothing less will do. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 5

7:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

THEREDS1892 says...

Biggest waste of space I have ever seen at this club about time we got rid! What a waste of money!
Biggest waste of space I have ever seen at this club about time we got rid! What a waste of money! THEREDS1892
  • Score: -11

7:09pm Thu 3 Apr 14

West moors 1 says...

It's a shame he didn't go out on loan for the season, could of given us the opportunity to see if he was going to make it or not. At least it's a wage off the books!
It's a shame he didn't go out on loan for the season, could of given us the opportunity to see if he was going to make it or not. At least it's a wage off the books! West moors 1
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Court Side says...

Blimey! He must've really wanted to get back home if he's going with 15 months left on his contract and not getting it paid up. As others have said above it's a real shame, you could see his ability a mile off but if his head wasn't there ability alone isn't enough. Good luck to the lad for the future, hopefully he can sort his problems out and find his way back.
Just as a side issue does anyone know how long Zubar, Addison, Tubbs and anyone else who's not going to get a look in again have got on their contracts?
Blimey! He must've really wanted to get back home if he's going with 15 months left on his contract and not getting it paid up. As others have said above it's a real shame, you could see his ability a mile off but if his head wasn't there ability alone isn't enough. Good luck to the lad for the future, hopefully he can sort his problems out and find his way back. Just as a side issue does anyone know how long Zubar, Addison, Tubbs and anyone else who's not going to get a look in again have got on their contracts? Court Side
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

your having a laugh111 says...

See Eddie is slowly off loading the rubbish,Donal followed Thomas will Tubbs follow and then Stockley, more wages for better players. But it was Bradbury and Groves who got these Donkeys in the first place.
See Eddie is slowly off loading the rubbish,Donal followed Thomas will Tubbs follow and then Stockley, more wages for better players. But it was Bradbury and Groves who got these Donkeys in the first place. your having a laugh111
  • Score: -7

7:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

afcbcasuals says...

West moors 1 wrote:
It's a shame he didn't go out on loan for the season, could of given us the opportunity to see if he was going to make it or not. At least it's a wage off the books!
Yes it would have done the lad a favour and the club could have decided his future sooner
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: It's a shame he didn't go out on loan for the season, could of given us the opportunity to see if he was going to make it or not. At least it's a wage off the books![/p][/quote]Yes it would have done the lad a favour and the club could have decided his future sooner afcbcasuals
  • Score: 2

11:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

YafcbY says...

forgot we had him in the squad truth be told
forgot we had him in the squad truth be told YafcbY
  • Score: 0

11:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

Maybe we had too many Paddy's on our books.
Like Camp said, the Mainland Europeans are miles ahead when it comes down to skill,.technical ability. Lets sign some for next season.
Maybe we had too many Paddy's on our books. Like Camp said, the Mainland Europeans are miles ahead when it comes down to skill,.technical ability. Lets sign some for next season. golfer33
  • Score: -12

7:02am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

What a shame and a great waste, I liked Donal.

Though I'm sure if Eddie couldn't mould him no-one could.

All the best to Donal and I do hope he manages to sort himself out and put his undoubted talents to good use. To be honest if he had his head right I'd certainly welcome him back.
What a shame and a great waste, I liked Donal. Though I'm sure if Eddie couldn't mould him no-one could. All the best to Donal and I do hope he manages to sort himself out and put his undoubted talents to good use. To be honest if he had his head right I'd certainly welcome him back. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

8:02am Fri 4 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
See Eddie is slowly off loading the rubbish,Donal followed Thomas will Tubbs follow and then Stockley, more wages for better players. But it was Bradbury and Groves who got these Donkeys in the first place.
Those donkeys also signed Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Tommy Elphick........are they 3 out of 4 of our current defence that are playing so well........oh yes it is! Easy to focus on the poor signings without giving credit for the good ones. Also, Stockley came through the youth system, he wasn't signed.
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: See Eddie is slowly off loading the rubbish,Donal followed Thomas will Tubbs follow and then Stockley, more wages for better players. But it was Bradbury and Groves who got these Donkeys in the first place.[/p][/quote]Those donkeys also signed Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Tommy Elphick........are they 3 out of 4 of our current defence that are playing so well........oh yes it is! Easy to focus on the poor signings without giving credit for the good ones. Also, Stockley came through the youth system, he wasn't signed. rednblack37
  • Score: 10

8:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

Well at least Eddie has been very fair to the player and spoken very diplomatically as regards his problems.. let us hope he bucks up and realizes this is a career opportunity missed.
Well at least Eddie has been very fair to the player and spoken very diplomatically as regards his problems.. let us hope he bucks up and realizes this is a career opportunity missed. O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

golfer33 wrote:
Maybe we had too many Paddy's on our books.
Like Camp said, the Mainland Europeans are miles ahead when it comes down to skill,.technical ability. Lets sign some for next season.
I doubt George Best or Liam Brady to name just two would get a look in in your bigoted world.....sad man.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: Maybe we had too many Paddy's on our books. Like Camp said, the Mainland Europeans are miles ahead when it comes down to skill,.technical ability. Lets sign some for next season.[/p][/quote]I doubt George Best or Liam Brady to name just two would get a look in in your bigoted world.....sad man. O'Reilly
  • Score: 2

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