Saturday 25 November 2017

Armagh volunteers to fill Paddy Og Nugent role

Paddy Og Nugent
Paddy Og Nugent
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Armagh will not be looking to replace long-serving full-time administrator Paddy Og Nugent, who has stepped down.

A county board meeting was informed of Nugent's departure earlier this week and it was decided that they would rely on volunteers to fill the void.

The majority of Ulster counties have full-time administrators who are funded from central and local contributions.

Nugent was at the head of affairs at Armagh executive level during the successful years that brought the county's first All-Ireland senior title in 2002, a first U-21 title in 2004 and first league title in 2005.

He will continue in his role of secretary of Armagh's Competition Controls Committee.

Armagh have encountered significant financial challenges in more recent years and Croke Park officials were known to have been extremely concerned.

In 2012, Armagh were subjected to an independent audit, requested by Croke Park's financial department, which revealed the full extent of those challenges.

The situation is understood to have improved since then and at their most recent convention, Armagh reported a surplus of in excess of £30,000.

Armagh are not alone in encountering financial difficulties in recent years.

Kildare were given an advance of €300,000 they would have been due through various central grants in 2012 and then a term loan to the value of over €350,000 later that year so they could pay off creditors.

Their financial affairs have been overseen by Croke Park's financial department since then.

The Sligo County Board also made a request to Croke Park for financial aid to the tune of €250,000 last year after it emerged that they were €1.5m in debt.

Meanwhile, Antrim boss Liam Bradley has called on the universities to be kicked out of the McKenna Cup, claiming that they are "belittling the competition".

UUJ forfeited their game to Cavan on Wednesday night, insisting that they were unable to field a team, having already lost to Antrim and Down.

Irish Independent

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