Dub board quits in Clarke controversy

Dublin ladies football is in turmoil following the resignation of the county board executive committee.

Chairperson Maureen King and her top table colleagues quit Saturday after failing to have county senior team boss Peter Clarke returned to the position.

Annual convention was abandoned while it has also emerged that two other county board executive committee members resigned last week.

A major problem emerged when Clarke’s future came up for discussion again, despite the fact that he was ousted at an October board meeting on a 38-10 vote.

A move to reinstate Clarke was instigated at a November meeting before it was decided to vote again on his future last Saturday.

That vote took place at a specially convened delegates’ meeting, held before annual convention.

Clarke, who needed a two-thirds majority to nail a second year in charge, lost by 33 votes to 34.

Former Monaghan selector Clarke will not be in charge of the Dublin ladies senior team next year and the county board executive viewed this latest setback as a lack of confidence in their leadership.

King and other members of the county board executive were strongly in favour of retaining the services of Clarke and resigned en masse, which left annual convention rudderless and consequently abandoned.

The Dublin playing squad has been split down the middle by this row as Clarke dropped star players Siobhán McGrath and Denise Masterson earlier this year.

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