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16/11/2007 - 3:06:45 PM Cork’s senior hurlers and footballers have all written to their respective clubs highlighting their objections to the County Board’s recent decision to change the management appointment system.

Cork’s senior hurlers and footballers have all written to their respective clubs highlighting their objections to the County Board’s recent decision to change the management appointment system.

The players have issued a threat to strike unless that decision is rescinded and a return to the system whereby the manager appoints the selectors is made.

The Evening Echo newspaper has confirmed that, to this end, the Cork players have all endeavoured to officially contact their own clubs to urge them to raise the matter at next Tuesday’s scheduled County Board Meeting.

Most GAA clubs in Cork hold weekly Executive meetings on Monday nights and the matter will be discussed by most clubs that night.

Whether or not these discussions result in the matter being raised at County Board level on Tuesday remains to be seen, but few clubs will go against the wishes of their players.

The plight of the football manager’s position is of more immediate concern, as the team is currently managerless, whereas Gerald McCarthy has a year to run and is unaffected by the change.

The footballers are naturally anxious that this situation is resolved before any successor to Billy Morgan is appointed.




The vote to change the method of the appointment of team selectors was carried 81-14 at the County Board meeting in October, but the matter was not discussed at club level beforehand.

Now that is about to change and a motion to discuss the matter fully at County Board level and/or a vote called to revert to the old system could occur.

Whatever happens, it will be a very lively debate at Cork GAA headquarters on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín has described the change in systems as appalling.

He pointed to Cork’s recent successes as evidence that the previous system worked.

“For future managers who come in this surely undermines what they’re about,” he said.

“Why are we going back to the old way? I’ve no problem with change for the right reasons but this has been done for the wrong reasons.

“What manager is going to take a job where his hands are tied before he even starts?” he asked.

Article courtesy of The Evening Echo newspaper
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