'Can we even afford a manager for Senior team?'

Published 17/12/2013 | 05:40

Fr. Dan O'Mahoney of Cloonacool spoke on County team expenses at the annual GAA Convention.
Fr. Dan O'Mahoney of Cloonacool spoke on County team expenses at the annual GAA Convention.

Sligo would have to seriously consider if they could afford to have a manager for the senior county team.

That was the view of one delegate at the annual GAA Convention.

Responding to the financial report which showed that it cost over half a million euro to run county teams, Cloonacool delegate, Fr. Dan O'Mahoney, said there needed to be a serious reality check in the county.

"I know this may sound stupid in some ways but I think the time has come when we really have to question whether we can afford to have a manager at all," he said.

"There's a huge elephant in the room and if we continue like this the situation will only get worse."

He recalled that in his playing days players hardly bothered to warm up, never mind wind down.

The Mayo team which won the All-Ireland in 1950 and 1951 looked after training themselves.

"Modern day players are 'molly-coddled'", he declared.

"There needs to be a reality check in Sligo. Some kind of balance needs to be struck.

"If we don't face up to reality, we are only going to get into deeper trouble.

Treasurer, Mr. Joe Queenan, said he agreed with a lot of what the delegate said.

It gave him no pleasure to present the worse set of accounts ever put before the County Board.

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