Saturday 24 February 2018

Counihan in job appeal for trio

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Conor Counihan has expressed concern for three of his top players who have found themselves out of work in recent months.

All-Ireland medal winners Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O'Connor and Alan O'Connor are all seeking work and Counihan has appealed to potential employers and businesses in Cork to consider them if anything comes up.

Counihan is confident "something can be done" and has allayed fears that any of the trio will emigrate as a result of their current situation. A recent GPA survey revealed that some 15pc of inter-county players are currently unemployed. "All three are struggling to find work. That's a big challenge. People talk about pressure, but if you don't have a job to go to in the morning, that's real pressure," Counihan said.

"Hopefully, we can do something. It's a big county and the three individuals I've spoken about are very good, dedicated people in regards to what they do. We hopefully won't go down the road of emigration.

"The reality is guys have responsibilities and commitments and these must be met."

Counihan is satisfied that for the first time since he took over as manager, he doesn't have a set of experimental playing or disciplinary rules to deal with in the league. It doesn't mean, however, that Gaelic football is in a perfect state, he insisted.

"We still have to go back and look at some things, but we need to do it through the third-level and the likes of the McGrath Cup," he said.

"I think if you get a video of a game, bring in 10 assessors and ask them to assess the game, the question is, are you getting consistency across the board?

"The issue for managers is consistency and that's the challenge for the association in terms of the organisation of referees. Are we getting consistency across the board?"

Irish Independent

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