Tuesday 16 January 2018

Daly demands 'cap and structure' to manager payment

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Daly has called for a structure to be put on the employment of GAA managers as the payments issue moves up a gear in the wake of Paraic Duffy's annual report to Congress.

The Director General has called for a debate on the vexed issue of 'under-the-table' payments to managers.

And Dublin hurling manager Daly supports the view that the matter must be addressed in a meaningful way.

Daly has first-hand knowledge of the work-load involved in being an inter-county manager and believes the best option for the association is to recognise it and then "cap" it in whatever way possible.

"It's all word-play -- it's just a matter of putting a structure on it and putting a cap on it," he said.

"Everyone knows every pundit is getting paid to be on 'The Sunday Game' to talk about hurling. What am I doing in training, only talking about hurling? They have to put some structure on it."

Daly (below) says that as Dublin manager he can devote enormous time to the role and is sure being a player is a much easier proposition.

"My day revolves around a seven-hour round trip. It's not easy and obviously my expenses are going to be a bit higher than the fella who's travelling 20 miles over the road.

"I'm still training Clarecastle U-21s on Saturday for a semi-final the following week. It takes a lot of time. I have to sit down tomorrow evening and watch our game and then watch Cork and Waterford.

"Then we have to do individual clips with the lady (video analyst), chat to someone who gives us a hand with psychology to see about a few lads who need a bit of talking to this week.

"There's loads of full-time coaches all over the country. In Dublin alone there must be six or seven of our panel who are coaches alone," added Daly, pointing to the proliferation of paid roles within the Association.

Daly has also added his weight to the conviction that players' names should now adorn jerseys, particularly in hurling where helmets and faceguards have impacted on familiarity to the general public.

At yesterday's launch of the VHI Cul Camps in Croke Park -- where he was unveiled as a hurling ambassador -- Daly recalled how kids at a camp he attended in Clare didn't recognise Colin Ryan, one of the coaches and also one of the more prominent members of the Banner County's All-Ireland winning U-21 team.

"I had trouble recognising a good few of that Clare U-21 team, the night they came home with the cup.

"You're following them all year but you don't see them. The television goes off before they have the helmets off and if you're at the match you're not hanging around.

"It's embarrassing at times when you're working on 'The Sunday Game' and you meet lads and you have to enquire as to who they are.

"There was Colin Ryan at that camp and the kids only knew him as 'Coach Colin', and he after scoring 0-11 for Clare in his first match against Tipperary the day before. It is something that is going to have to be looked at."


Daly appreciates that the element of surprise attached to the Dublin hurlers last year is now gone and opponents are more ready for them now, hence a difficult campaign so far.

"There are days I'd be driving home disgusted and then days driving home like Sunday, not too bad. At least we performed. If we played like we did on Sunday, no disrespect to Offaly, but we might have won that match.

"We played well against Tipp. Tipp were flat on the day, there's no doubt, but we did play well. We were well up for it after Waterford and then you're saying to yourself 'there should be a good performance in us in Tullamore'.

"It's an evolution for these guys, being able to cope with being favourites on a given day and we just didn't seem to handle it.

"We were very flat. I didn't come up to meet them, I went straight to Tullamore to meet them and I just saw them landing into the dressing-room and I had a bad feeling about it straightaway. They hadn't got a battle face on them anyway, that's for sure."

His mission after three defeats now is survival.

"It's about trying to maintain Division 1 for us. We might need two wins; one win might do but we need a win somewhere. No better day to start than on Sunday (against Cork) really."

Irish Independent

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