Monday 11 December 2017

Duffy vows to crack down on manager payments

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA are to establish another committee to tackle alleged payments to managers that contravene the association's rules on amateurism.

The vexed question of payments to managers, more prevalent at club level than county level in the estimation of former GAA president Nickey Brennan, has been taxing GAA officials for the last number of years.

But Director General Paraic Duffy used his annual report yesterday to call for a renewed effort to tackle what he described as a "difficult problem".

"The least acceptable option is to continue to proclaim a value and, at the same time, ignore it," he said.

Duffy said he thought "long and hard" about what he would write on the subject but concluded that a committee to examine the current situation was the best way forward.


"There is more than enough anecdotal evidence to allow us to conclude that, while many managers and coaches give generously of their time, some are accepting payments in excess of what is permitted," he added.

"Over the past 10 years the need to address this issue has been raised without ever resulting in an effective response. The option of implementing a strictly amateur code demands that clubs and County Boards be prepared to accept the requirements of Rule 1.10 and be willing to impose penalties on those in breach of this rule.

"That is not happening. In fairness many officials at all levels of the association would like to address the issue, but there is absolutely no consensus as to the way forward."

Duffy's resolve to tackle the issue will be welcomed, but unless there is a different direction taken, little progress from the report by the Peter Quinn-chaired committee in the early 2000s can be expected.

Meanwhile Duffy has also suggested that the disciplinary rules which failed narrowly at Congress last year should be put back on the agenda in the near future.

Irish Independent

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