Déise boss: Division 4 plan didn't affect clubs
Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey has stepped up his challenge to the decision by the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee to shelve the remaining three Allianz Division 4 league games by insisting that the solutions they had found would not have impacted on club fixtures.
McGlinchey was responding to clarification from the GAA's director of games administration Fergal McGill who stated in yesterday's Irish Independent that the decision was "down to a straightforward choice between interfering with pre-arranged club fixtures or rearranging games that were not important (in terms of deciding who would be promoted from Division 4)."
But McGlinchey has responded by pointing out that their preferred date for their game with Leitrim, April 27, was outside their club schedule.
"It would not interfere with any pre-arranged club games in either county. I know the last championship game in Waterford is fixed for Sunday, April 22 and the next championship games fixed in Waterford are July 1 (hurling) and July 15 (football)."
McGlinchey also contested the view that the GAA could not "stand over" midweek games which would involved players taking half-days off work.
Ironically, the Gaelic Players Association, who have supported the Division 4 footballers' stance, have been vehemently opposed to Friday night league and championship games in the recent past.
"I have players on the Waterford panel, similar to the majority of counties, that have to travel up to two hours to train midweek. This is going on all year around. When players know a timetable they can organise their schedule accordingly. The fixture I had arranged with Leitrim was being done with five weeks' notice and players would have been able to make arrangements," he said.
"The majority of O'Byrne/McKenna/FBD Cup games were played midweek, were well attended and there was no one crying foul then? Also, what about U-17/U-20 games? These games take place midweek (the majority).
"Players take half-days from school/college and I am sure the majority, if not all, the managers/backroom personnel have to make arrangements to attend these games," he contended.