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Colm O'Rourke: Better to continue payments crusade than do nothing

Compromise is the best solution to the payments to managers conundrum, writes Colm O'Rourke

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

I t appears as if the money trail to managers has gone cold again. A bit like tracking down Lord Lucan or the abominable snowman of the Himalayas, reported sightings are many but they never come to anything substantial.

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Páraic Duffy has reported no obvious progress. It is unlikely anyway that any manager -- club or county -- was sweating on the outcome of the deliberations. So how do you legislate for something unofficial?

For a lot of GAA people, what passes between consenting adults behind closed doors should be kept there. If a club or county wants to pay somebody to manage their team and this arrangement has the blessing of the club through their committee, then the view is that it is best to turn a blind eye. There are not many who are paying substantial money anyway so sometimes it is best to allow them to learn the hard way that pouring a lot of club resources into the management of one team is short-sighted and usually ends in tears.

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