Tuesday 20 February 2018

Teddy Holland in profile

WHO IS HE? A retired garda detective from Ballinascarthy, who has been thrown into the limelight after accepting the job of Cork senior football manager.

MAJOR PLAYING HONOURS: Won a Munster minor medal with Cork in 1966 and won two All-Ireland club titles with St Finbar's in the 80's.

MANAGERIAL HONOURS: Has served as a Cork senior and U-21 selector and managed the Cork minor footballers to two Munster titles and an All-Ireland in 2000.

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? County footballers won't play for him because he took the job while they were protesting about the process of appointing selectors.

IS HE ON HIS OWN? No, he has an appointed team of selectors in Teddy McCarthy (Glanmire), Mick O'Loughlin (Bishopstown), Diarmuid O'Donovan(St Nicholas) and Liam Hodnett (St Finbarrs).

HE SAYS: "I was democratically elected and was not appointed under the system that the players have an issue with. I want to say, as manager, and on behalf of the selectors, that we are not resigning. It is our wish that this matter be resolved between the County Board and the players, so that we can work together."

THE PLAYERS SAY: "There's been a fundamental break in trust between the footballers and Teddy Holland. When we put out our statement the first day it was to avoid something like this. We asked that no one be appointed until we had sorted out the problem, but the county board moved on regardless, made the appointments. In accepting those appointments, knowing how the footballers felt about it, that was a fundamental break in trust."

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