Thursday 14 December 2017

Duffy to leave no stone unturned in 'illegal payments' dossier

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE long-awaited blueprint on team managers from GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy will be published inside the next month.

Duffy was asked by the Management Committee last spring to come up with recommendations on an area of GAA life that has become increasingly controversial amid claims that large sums of money are being paid to some managers in contravention of the GAA's amateur code.

Duffy stated forcibly in his annual report last spring that ignoring the claims of illegal payments was not an option, so his findings are likely to recommend a strong course of action.

"I'm still working on it. I want to have it as wide-ranging as possible so that it will lead to serious discussion within our association," he said.

Management issues aren't of immediate concern in Cork, where there is relief that Conor Counihan has decided to remain on as football boss.

There was growing concern in recent weeks that he might take a similar route to Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy, who resigned a few weeks ago, but it was announced yesterday that Counihan, who took over at the end of 2007, will continue for another two years.

"There was no great mystery to why it took so long. I wasn't going to rush into a decision. There's an awful lot to be considered when you're in charge of a county team," he said.

"It demands a lot of time so you have to figure out if you can afford to give it that time and whether you can strike a balance between football, work and family.

"That's why I took my time before reaching a decision. If I was to go back, I wanted all the boxes ticked because you can't have any half measures.

"I'm lucky that I have so many great people working with me and that I also have the full support of my family. In the end, I decided to stay on."

His selectors have also signed up for another two years.

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