The Cork County Board have voted against the introduction of official payments to inter-county managers.
The topic has been on the agenda in recent weeks since the publication of a GAA discussion paper on manager’s financial rewards. However, club delegates last night unanimously opposed the measure, instead backing a proposal from the board executive to pursue the second option in GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy’s paper, which will reinforce the association’s policy on amateurism.
A motion was brought forward by County Board Chairman Bob Ryan, seeking to establish that as Cork’s stance on the issue. This was met with widespread approval and will be articulated by Cork delegate Des Cullinane at the next GAA Central Council meeting. Ryan stressed that paying managers at inter-county level was not an issue in Cork: ”The county is very lucky that people are very glad and happy to train and manage teams of all levels without payment.”
However, Midleton club delegate Pat Horgan insisted that if the county was to advocate that option, the payment of club managers was an issue urgently in need of being addressed. ”It is a huge problem in this county,” he said. ”It may not be a problem at the top but it is a huge problem at club level. We can’t stand idly by as it’s going on rampantly in clubs all over the county. It’s something (that) will have to be addressed.”
County Board Treasurer Pearse Murphy, who seconded Ryan’s motion, warned that if managers were paid, it would open the door for other units of the association to seek reimbursement: ”You cannot change the rules for just one group in the GAA. That will open the door elsewhere in the association. If you decide to look after one group, you have to look after everyone,” – he said.
St. Finbarr’s delegate Denis Harrington called for a programme to be established to assist the training of adult club coaches. This would be done with a view to avoiding the (now regular) practice of clubs recruiting outside coaches. This was also ratified by the board.