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O'CONNOR: WE WILL HAVE TO PAY GAA MANAGERS SOON.

Byline: By MICHAEL SCULLY

JACK O'Connor has stated that the time is "fast coming" when intercounty managers will have to go semiprofessional.

After stepping down as Kerry boss, O'Connor says that the time and effort involved demands financial reimbursement.

"If you are involved in this job, you have to be obsessed by it," said O'Connor.

"There are so many issues that you have to deal with - backroom people, doctors, physios, masseurs, county board people, the media and then you have to try to live your own life, do a bit of work, look after your family and all the rest.

"All that and at the same time drive over 100 miles four or five times a week - that's a tall order, but I'm not saying for one moment that we did not enjoy it, we did thoroughly.

"But it just wears you down eventually and I have to say that the time is fast coming when managers have to go semiprofessional."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2006
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