Friday 22 September 2017

Banishing selectors to the stands 'over the top' says Joe Kernan

Former Armagh boss Joe Kernan has warned the GAA against returning to plans to banish selectors to the stands once again.
Former Armagh boss Joe Kernan has warned the GAA against returning to plans to banish selectors to the stands once again.
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Former Armagh boss Joe Kernan has warned the GAA against returning to plans to banish selectors to the stands once again, describing it as "way over the top" as a solution to tidying up sidelines.

Six years ago Kernan headed a successful move to avert such a scenario when the CCCC made proposals, subsequently passed by Central Council, to reduce the numbers involved with a team on the sideline to five -- a manager, doctor, physio, secretary and a designated 'runner'.

Up to 30 managers met in Mullingar before Christmas in 2006 to galvanise efforts to resist change, and a six-man committee, that included Kernan, was put together to meet with GAA officials.

Ahead of a planned meeting, however, the GAA backed down and agreed to a revised list that included all selectors and a county chairman, with the addition of the runner concept.

"It is impossible for any manager to run his team without being able to consult his management team properly," Kernan said.

"How do you communicate with them properly if the selectors are up in the stand? I never made a decision without consulting my selectors."

Irish Independent

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