Monday 20 November 2017

Duffy: We may have to allow manager payments

THE GAA will consider the possibility of paying inter-county managers for the very first time.

Today’s publication of Director General, Páraic Duffy’s discussion paper ‘GAA Amateur Status and Payments to Team Managers’ embraces the notion of regularising payments as one of three options designed to combat the current practice of illegal remuneration.

“We must,” writes Duffy, “examine the option of introducing a system of regulated payments to managers simply because it is an option.”

Duffy’s only other viable alternative is the systematic enforcement of the GAA’s laws regarding amateurism including the establishment of a registration and audit board at Croke Park which would require all inter-county managers to provide personal details.

Duffy’s proposals will be discussed by county delegates at a meeting in Croke Park on Saturday, January 21 and the GAA’s top ranking official accepted that the notion of making payments to managers will “create the greatest apprehension among many members of the Association.”

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