Monday 20 November 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Cash and conduct are still the games' biggest issues

Colm O'Rourke believes that paying coaches will allow counties to find better candidates

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

T HE public utterances of inter-county managers during the season on team selections, injuries, referees and all that carry a serious health warning. Everyone knows by now that managers will be economical with the truth when it comes to the welfare of their team before big games.

After all, a manager's job is hardly to keep the public totally informed, even if secrecy can often put more pressure on the players in a squad in maintaining the code of silence. In general, when something is 'top secret' in a team it is a sure-fire guarantee of word getting out -- and fairly quickly too.

If putting managers under the spotlight individually in summer is not going to elicit too much information, an anonymous survey in October is an entirely different prospect. What will jump out at everyone is the question on payments. Every one of the 55 inter-county managers surveyed claim that all they received this year was legitimate expenses.

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