Waterford GAA have announced they will appoint a Director of Football to help improve standards within the county but the position will be unpaid as the county board are struggling financially.
Waterford’s performances in underage inter-county football are a cause for concern for the county board and they hope to address the slump in standard with the role of Director of Football, but the county’s recent financial situation makes the role unpaid, and therefore difficult to fill.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, the county board chairman Tom Cunningham explained, “We’ve still a lot of work to do in filling the position as it’s still very early in the New Year”.
Waterford’s county board convention took place before Christmas, and the outcome was the decision to go for a Director of Football role, with Cunningham stating to the Irish Examiner, “We’d hope to make progress over the next couple of months and it would be a very positive development for the improvement of football in the county”.
He added, “But it’s going to be a voluntary position. The way things are, we don’t have the money to afford appointing someone full-time.”
Waterford’s recent money problems can be clearly documented and traced since their 2011 accounts revealed the county are €120,000 in debt, with a drop of income of €1.31 million compared to 2010’s income of €2.5 million.