Sunday 17 December 2017

Lyons stands over his Mayo allegation of cash offer

FORMER Dublin football boss Tommy Lyons has made a dramatic intervention into the debate on paying GAA managers, claiming he was asked how much money he would want to manage Mayo.

The assertion has been emphatically denied by the then-chairman of Mayo county board, James Waldron, who insisted there was never a question of Lyons being asked to "put into an envelope" the figure he was looking for to manage Mayo.

The claim and denial focus on the time when the former Offaly and Dublin manager was being interviewed for the Mayo vacancy in September 2010. The post eventually went to James Horan.

Speaking on RTé's 'Sport at Seven' last night, Lyons declared: "When I was there (Mayo) and I was interviewed for the job, I was asked to put it in an envelope what I wanted to get paid for doing the job and I asked him what part of 'I didn't want to get paid' did he not understand?

"So that was a senior inter-county official as of only 12 months ago in a very clear breach of the guidelines," he added.

But this version has been rebutted by Waldron, whose five-year term as chairman ended later that year.

"We would have been trying to establish whether he was travelling from Dublin, where he is based, or from Louisburgh, where he has a holiday home and visits regularly. That's all we would have wanted to know," Waldron insisted.

Lyons subsequently stood over his version that a Mayo official did put the question of money to him.

The controversy erupted ahead of this evening's deadline for submissions on the GAA's discussion document relating to managerial payments.

Mayo were among the latest counties to vote in favour of 'Option Two', calling for greater enforcement of the existing rules through the establishment of a compliance officer and regulation and audit board.

It's almost certain that no county will vote in favour of regulated payments for managers, although some have sought an expansion of the current expenses.

MUNSTER (panel SF v Ulster): G Brennan (Clare), R Donnelly (Clare), G Kelly (Clare), D Tubridy (Clare), G Canty (Cork), M Collins (Cork), P Kelly (Cork), P Kerrigan (Cork), P Kissane (Cork), P O'Neill (Cork), A Quirke (Cork), B Kealy (Kerry), A O'Mahony (Kerry), M O Se (Kerry), T ó Sé (Kerry), S Scanlon (Kerry), J Cooke (Limerick), S Lavin (Limerick), J McCarthy (Limerick), P Ranahan (Limerick), I Ryan (Limerick), S Briggs (Waterford), G Hurney (Waterford), P Hurney (Waterford), M O'Gorman (Waterford).

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