Saturday 20 January 2018

Sligo told to put hunt for boss on ice until finances sorted

Sligo have been told by Croke Park officials not to seek a replacement for team manager Kevin Walsh until they have their finances in order.

GAA authorities have appointed a monitoring committee to oversee the handling of a €1.5m debt. They have instructed Sligo not to begin their search for Walsh's replacement until the financial crisis is resolved.

It is believed that very little progress had been made in finding a new manager, almost two-and-a-half months on from Walsh's departure.

It is hoped that the Sligo county committee will be in a position to begin their search in the coming weeks, once a financial plan is drawn up for the season ahead.

The monitoring committee, which includes chairman of the finance committee in Croke Park, Lauri Quinn, Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty and Gerry McGovern, has instructed Sligo GAA to get their affairs in order, starting with short and long-term budgets and a fundraising plan.

Neither Prenty or Sligo County Board chairman Cyril Feehily were available for comment.

However, a spokesperson for the county confirmed that the search for Walsh's successor has been put on hold.

"We have been told a budget needs to be in place and all that sorted before appointing a new manager, but it is hoped all of that will happen in the next few weeks," he said.

The Sligo senior club championship semi-finals are due to take place this weekend, with the final scheduled to be played before the end of the month, so it is highly unlikely they new manager will be in place before then.

It is hoped that a plan to find a new boss can be devised in time for the next county committee meeting, which takes place on October 1.

Irish Independent

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