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Davy Fitzgerald is one of six Clare team managers who will be asked to present a report to a special board meeting in two weeks time. Photograph by John Kelly

Special meeting to hear reports from team managers

There will be a special meeting  of Clare GAA in two weeks time (Tuesday September 27) when reports from the outgoing hurling and football team managers will be presented.

This decision was arrived at when delegates attended the October meeting of the board at Clare GAA’s centre of excellence in Caherlohan this Tuesday evening.

It had been expected that a number of inter county team managements for 2017 would be put before the meeting for ratification but chairman Joe Cooney explained that they weren’t in a position to propose any management team but he hoped to have proposals for the October meeting.

“We haven’t got to meet the senior football manager but he contacted me last night and we will be meeting later this week. We have met with the outgoing hurling manager and he  has still to make a final decision”, the chairman explained.

Clonlara’s Flan Mullane pointed out that “as per a motion from Eire Og passed last year, all county managers must present a report at the next board meeting after their championship campaign ends”.

O’Callaghans Mills delegate Noel O’Driscoll said “the middle of October is too late to be making these appointments as the championships are at the latter stages. I can’t understand why it takes eight to ten weeks for a fella to make a decision”.

Tulla’s Brian Torpey felt that “it will be a hugely important meeting whenever the managers give their reports and it should be given its own standing as its very important”.

The meeting decided that a special meeting be held to hear the managers’ reports and the chairman told the delegates that he will contact all six outgoing managers this week to ask them to have their reports for the meeting on September 23.

By Seamus Hayes

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