Friday 9 December 2016

Magee's Wicklow future under threat

Published 31/07/2015 | 02:30

Wicklow manager Johnny Magee
Wicklow manager Johnny Magee

Wicklow GAA has been unable to confirm a senior football manager for the coming year.

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A proposal of county chairman Martin Coleman to have Johnny Magee appointed for a second year was met with opposition from several club delegates.

The proposal of the chairman was overshadowed when he failed to get support from any club, but was left with some stinging criticism in his ear.

But the re-appointment of Magee, the former Dublin inter-county footballer who is seeking a second term in charge having taken over from Rathnew's Harry Murphy, is no longer straightforward. Magee has now been invited to attend a board meeting at the end of August to present a detailed plan.

Coleman said: "Johnny (Magee) has been invited to the August County Board meeting to present a detailed plan for 2016. Following that I am confident that he will be re-appointed for a second term."

But such a move could leave the top table with something of a dilemma for it's believed that many clubs are unhappy with the way the senior football side performed this year.

Some delegates are of the opinion that they may be unable to vote on the manager on the night as they feel any proposed plan from the manager for 2016 would firstly have to be discussed by the clubs prior to the delegates' vote.

Rathnew club delegate Bobby Dignam, himself a former county chairman, said he only had Wicklow's best interests at heart.

"I opposed his ratification at the last meeting until such time as the manager (Johnny Magee) came before the County Board delegates with his proposals," he said. "I have nothing personally against Johnny Magee."

Irish Independent

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