Sunday 28 May 2017

GPA approval for manager payments

Farrell: wants transparency
Farrell: wants transparency
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GPA chief-executive Dessie Farrell has revealed that his organisation has no problem with legalising payments to managers.

The players' body enshrined the amateur ethos in their constitution at their recent AGM and, after submitting a document to the GAA on the matter, Farrell called for transparency as director-general Paraic Duffy endeavours to make progress on one of the GAA's thorniest issues.

"We all know what is going on in this space so it is about tackling that and addressing it in a way that we are no longer the laughing stock," said Farrell. "I think from a GAA perspective, the great concern would have been, would this lead to the floodgates opening and the players calling -- if they did take a bold step and legitimise payments -- for a similar situation for them?

"Players know it is going on, but it doesn't mean they are calling for the same type of payments themselves.

"Everything has to be within reason, budgets have to be put in place and player welfare shouldn't be affected by costs involved in bringing in a manager."

Farrell also admitted that the future of the players grant scheme is up in the air with next month's Budget looming.

The GPA recently published a study that revealed the value of inter-county games to the exchequer.

"When you consider that each player generates in the region of €100,000 a year and, on average, we're only looking for €500 per player to assist them, I think that's very difficult to argue with that," added Farrell.

"At this stage we feel that we have suffered enough pain, taken our medicine if you like.

"There has been a massive reduction of 70pc from when it was first introduced and now we are in the pot with everyone else.

"How that will play out remains to be seen. There will be an allocation to the Sports Council and we will be in the mix fighting with everyone else."

Irish Independent

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