Lake men's voice to be heard
WESTMEATH'S players will have a direct say in the appointment of the county's new senior football manager, writes CLIONA FOLEY.
A vote of no confidence in him by the players prompted Brendan Hackett to step down after just seven months in charge.
In a bid to stamp out the burgeoning instances of 'player power' that have seen similar conflicts occur in Cork, Waterford, Wexford and more recently Limerick, Croke Park officials have issued counties with guidelines as to the best way to select managers. One of the recommendations is to make the process more consultative by including the players' voice in the initial stages of recruitment at least, and the Lake County are planning to do just that.
The GAA are working with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) to produce a more comprehensive and binding document.
Westmeath, meanwhile, will move quickly to find a new manager, with their first championship match against either Carlow or Wicklow scheduled for June 6.
Des Dolan, Pat Flanagan, Anthony Cunningham and Ray Smyth are among the contenders.