Controversy as Tipp appoint English
THE Tipperary County GAA Board last night formally ratified the appointment of Nicky English as manager of the senior hurling team. And another former star Ken Hogan was appointed team coach, while Jack Bergin was named as a team selector at the special meeting in Thurles.
The meeting was not without controversy and there was considerable support from members of the board for outgoing manager Len Gaynor and his selectors Michael Doyle and Murt Duggan who brought Tipperary to last year's All Ireland final.
In a strongly worded statement, the board chairman Paul O'Neill hit out at those who leaked news of the appointment to the media. ``One of the main requirements of our work was strict confidentiality. I sought this from the committee and received unanimous support, but unfortunately what was promised was not delivered. From the beginning, members of the committee saw fit to leak information about our deliberations to others.
``This showed a total lack of respect for their fellow committee members, for outgoing management and for potential candidates for the position. Our deliberations became public property almost before our decision had been arrived at and caused extreme embarrassment to those of us who took our responsibility seriously,'' said O'Neill.
After interviewing Jack Bergin, Nicky English and Ken Hogan, the committee met privately and unanimously agreed to recommend the appointment of the three. Tipperary will also appoint a qualified trainer.