Saturday 24 February 2018

Eugene McGee: Making all county managers full-time will end hypocrisy

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Payments to GAA team managers at county and club level are not something that cause many followers or players to lie awake at night. There are many other matters -- most notably the chaotic fixture-making at club level in many counties -- which are of much greater importance for rank-and-file GAA people.

But the fact that the Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, has decided to stake his reputation on controlling managers who get paid illegally has raised the ante to a level where the GAA at the highest level now has to do something about the perceived problem, or the Association will be seen as total hypocrites.

Up to now these payments have been largely a source of amusement, with jokes about brown paper bags under tables. Not even the tables could be found, let alone any bags identified, people said.

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