‘Getting really, really well paid’
There were some GAA headlines that made us scratch our head this week (“Joe Brolly: ‘Nobody craves the spotlight more than Davy Fitzgerald’” was a favourite) but one jumped off the page or, more accurately, the monitor. “Managers need to start getting paid, says Martin McHugh” was indeed a classic of the genre
As far back as 2000, then-GAA president Seán McCague suggested that more than half of managers were being paid in excess of what the association allows for in expenses. In 2009, president Nickey Brennan described the practice as “an epidemic”. McCague took the step of appointing a committee to look at the whole area, headed by Peter Quinn, who wryly claimed when asked about ‘under-the-table’ payments that he “couldn’t find the table, let alone the payments”. Then again, maybe the headline misrepresented McHugh’s comments. He didn’t say it wasn’t going on as it is. “I really feel that an inter-county manager, unless he’s getting really, really well paid for it, I don’t think it’s worth it,” he said. So, was that a tacit admission that some managers are “getting really, really well paid”?