In a time when issues with money in the GAA are a real bone of contention, Dublin GAA Chairman, Seán Shanley has claimed that he has no interest in appointing managers seeking payment to Dublin intercounty teams.
A lot of criticism has been attributed to funding distribution towards Dublin in particular and how it has contributed to their continued success since the turn of the decade. Dublin’s surplus population, resources and funds are continuously highlighted as a major factor in their success, yet the Chairman of their county board has stated that it is not provided as an incentive for the managers of their teams.
A lot of calls are also coming for intercounty managers to be paid for full-time positions, but speaking to The Sun, Seán Shanley stated that managers seeking payment for their role are no longer considered for management roles in the capital;
“It has happened in the past. If anyone comes in and puts a demand on it (payment), then that’s the end of story. We wouldn’t be interested in that.”
Elaborating on Dublin management positions, Shanely expressed his satisfaction that three time All-Ireland winning football manager, Jim Gavin, agreed to extend his term in charge earlier this year explaining why they wanted Gavin to remain at the helm;
“Stability, that’s what that was about — that he wasn’t just working for this year but that he could be looking to next year and bringing in a few players and blooding a few players, which he did, and thinking of the future.
“I think any manager worth his salt has to be thinking that way. You can’t just think of this year”.
Despite Gavin set to remain in charge beyond 2017, the position of Dublin hurling manager is vacant at the present moment. Names such as 2011 All-Ireland football winning manager, Pat Gilroy, and former Galway hurling manager, Anthony Cunnigham, have both been linked with the job in recent weeks.
Dublin hurling has a major challenge to get the right man in situ after two poor seasons in 2016 and 2017. And the words from their county chairman appear to state that money will not be an acceptable incentive for candidates to take on the job of Dublin senior hurling manager.
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