Thursday 22 February 2018

Top brass should 'look in the mirror' - O'Connor

Jackie Cahill

FORMER Kilkenny hurling captain Eddie O'Connor has launched another attack on the GAA's top brass following the publication of yesterday's discussion paper on payments to managers.

O'Connor, who launched a stinging tirade last April over the same issue, has told leading Croke Park officials to 'mind their own business' and insists that clubs and county boards should be allowed to spend their money as they see fit.

O'Connor, who led the Cats to All-Ireland glory in 1993, lashed: "Nothing surprises me when it comes to what comes out of Croke Park. It's a load of hogwash.

"My opinion is that, if a club is in a position to improve the team by bringing in an outside manager, then it's nobody else's business.

"I've been involved with a number of clubs and thoroughly enjoyed training them. If I get €50 a night for training a team, I'm gone for four hours and I have to cover diesel and phone expenses. What I do in my own time is my business.

"If they're that concerned, the GAA should look in the mirror. Couldn't Christy Cooney and Pauric Duffy work for €50,000 and put some of that money back into the players?"

Duffy's position at GAA headquarters is a salaried one and, while Cooney continues to be paid by his employers FAS during his tenure, the Association compensates FAS for the full sum.

O'Connor also insisted that the GAA should bite the bullet and pay top managers for their efforts.

"If the county board has finance available or a businessman backing them, and want to bring in an outside manager and pay him, that should be entirely up to the manager and board," he said.

"With Glenmore, I won county finals with outside managers and they did wonders for my career and in terms of improving my hurling."

Irish Independent

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