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Strike action threatened in Cork

Cork's senior football and hurling players could be on the verge of a strike as a protest against the Cork County Board.

Both squads issued a statement to the Irish Examiner in which they outline their objections to the Boards new procedures for appointing the county management teams.

Managers of the hurling and football teams have had the power to appoint their own selectors and backroom team but the County Board recently changed this, reverting to the old system where the board chose the selectors.

The decision to remove the ability of managers to chose their own selectors is the main reason that Billy Morgan did not seek another term with the senior football team.

The players' statement read: 'We are unanimously agreed that this is a backward step for Cork and that we are not prepared to go along with it. 

'We have reluctantly resolved to take all action necessary to oppose this system and we feel that it is vital that we register our opposition to the system and take any action necessary before anyone is appointed under it.'

'We have no desire to be taking this stance, but we feel we have no option. We believe that this proposal was not properly debated by the clubs and we were, almost to a man, unaware of the proposals before they were passed.'

The Gaelic Players Association has extended its unconditional support to the stand being taken by the Cork players.

 
Billy Morgan chose not to seek another term as Cork football manager because of the changes made by the County Board
Billy Morgan chose not to seek another term as Cork football manager because of the changes made by the County Board
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