Thursday 23 November 2017

No support in Limerick for manager pay, claims county chief Lenihan

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

LIMERICK is the latest county to reject a suggestion that inter-county managers be formally paid.

They join Cork and Waterford in supporting an alternative option which would see more rigorous enforcement of the current rules on amateurism.

It's now thought likely most other counties will support that measure in their final deliberation, prior to reporting back to Central Council at the end of the month.

However, since it was the failure by many counties and clubs to apply the rules on payments which led to the publication of the detailed paper by GAA director general Paraic Duffy in the first place, questions will arise as to the level of sincerity on the issue.

Duffy offered four alternatives, with the option of formally paying managers always likely to be most controversial.

Waterford rejected that option on Monday night, claiming it would open the professional floodgates, and they were followed by Cork and Limerick on Tuesday night.


"There's no support in Limerick for paying managers. We're like all other counties, trying to keep costs down. We favour fully maintaining the amateur status, including for managers," said county chairman Liam Lenihan.

It was pointed out at the Cork County Board meeting that they always had enough managerial candidates who never sought payment. However, the issue of payments to club managers -- which Midleton delegate Pat Horgan described as "rampant" -- was also raised. If counties opt for retaining the status quo, they will face much greater scrutiny of their arrangements with managers.

Duffy stressed in his lengthy submission that "doing nothing" was not an option, so if counties support the idea of enforcing the rules on amateurism, they will have to be prepared to sign up to a binding code of practice which will be open to scrutiny by Croke Park.

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