Monday 27 March 2017

Rebel cause and effect: one more strike and you're out

t HE film Rebel Without A Cause, starring James Dean, was one of the most memorable big screen productions of the 1950s. Today, over a half a century later, we have an opportunity to remake the Hollywood blockbuster in Cork. It could be called Rebel With A Cause, with a Deane again in the lead role -- this time Cork hurler Joe Deane!

The specific cause in this case is the method of appointing the new senior football team manager, but the real battle is again about where the power lies.

Any logical analysis of how to appoint the most important football person in Cork would never come up with a mass meeting to make the decision. In fairness, what would most club delegates know about the demands of inter-county management? Little or nothing is the answer, yet this is the process used in Cork.

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