Time to cap inter-county training costs - Prenty
A cap on the amounts spent on inter-county squad preparation has been proposed by a top GAA official, who is adamant that the current upward trends are unsustainable.
Connacht CEO John Prenty believes the situation has become so serious that it needs to be tackled at national rather than local level.
"Maybe it is time that a fair play financial ceiling is put in place on how much should be spent on inter-county teams," he said.
He revealed that the five Connacht counties spent almost €6 million on team preparation in 2018 and has particular concerns over the amounts allocated to professional back-up services.
"Are we getting value for money? The mantra of our county officers is that 'our players deserve the best', which is true, but players come in very low on the expenditure food chain.
"Huge amounts are being spent on backroom teams and professional services, which appear to be uncontrollable, with numbers as large as a small hospital," he said.
Prenty queries whether the appointment of all the backroom personnel are agreed, as per the managers' charter, and whether they are getting the same expenses as the players.
"It appears that we are locked into a system where we must copy what other teams, including professional outfits, are doing and to hell with the cost.
"It is ironic that at a time when we are spending more than ever before that Gaelic football, in particular, is losing spectator and TV audience appeal," he added.