Sunday 24 September 2017

McGuckin loyal to a fault

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

RESTRICTING clubs and counties from appointing 'outside' managers was one of the hardline suggestions put forward to help in the battle against illegal payments.

Since most people in the GAA saw such a draconian intervention as counter-productive, it never got very far. Still, those who advocated it will, albeit for different reasons, have their case strengthened by the decision of Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) manager Ronan McGuckin to stand aside for the Ulster quarter-final against Ballinderry (Derry). It has nothing whatsoever to do with matters financial but rather devotion to his native Ballinderry and a commitment that he would not manage another club against them.

Loyalty to home club is noble and, in fairness to McGuckin, it appears that he told officials prior to his appointment that he wouldn't manage Errigal against Ballinderry if the occasion demanded.

Still, two questions arise. Why take the job if he felt there may be circumstances which could compromise him in the Ulster championship? And why did Errigal appoint a man who opts to be outside the wire for an Ulster quarter-final?

Irish Independent

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