Monday 19 February 2018

Eugene McGee: The players should not pay price for Managerial duck shoot

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

With each passing year, the role of county team managers continues to grow -- they are THE big wigs in the GAA system. God be with the days when the county secretary or chairman was the person everybody associated with a particular county because they were the clear leaders of the GAA -- for better or worse -- and were recognised as Mr GAA in that county.

People such as Tipperary secretary Tommy Barrett, Kilkenny's Paddy Grace, John Dunne from Galway and John Dowling of Offaly were the public faces of their respective counties when managers, or trainers as they were then called, were seen but rarely heard.

And it was always 'Mr' GAA in those days because the notion of a female county secretary, such as Kathleen O'Neill in Kildare and Margaret Doyle in Wexford at present, was unheard of -- the role of GAA women in those times was mainly to wash the jerseys for the local club and make tea and sandwiches when required.

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