Saturday 22 October 2016

Treacy calls on IABA to make last-ditch bid to secure Walsh

Michael Verney

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

Ireland boxing coach coach Billy Walsh
Ireland boxing coach coach Billy Walsh

Sports Council chief John Treacy has urged those in charge of amateur boxing to act quickly and retain Billy Walsh as head coach of the High Performance Unit.

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Following a statement, a clearly frustrated Treacy expressed disappointment that the services of the Wexford man have not yet been secured considering his superb record with Irish boxers at World, Olympic and European level.

Irish Sports Council (ISC) and Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) officials met over the weekend and Treacy believed that all parameters towards keeping Walsh going forward were agreed upon, but he has now called on the IABA to secure his expertise as "he's almost on the plane."

"We hammered out an agreement on Saturday and we all shook on it. Then, we received an e-mail on Monday saying that they're not going to the board with the proposal. It's totally different to what we proposed and we're urging the IABA to act decisively," Treacy said on RTÉ 2fm's 'Game On' show last night.

"We need to keep that calibre of individual in the country. As Darren O'Neill said during the week 'it's like Kilkenny losing Brian Cody the week before an All-Ireland final.'"

Treacy added that while the "clock is ticking" they'd received no further updates from the IABA whose CEO Fergal Carruth said they cannot discuss private IABA contracts publicly.

Irish Independent

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