There is still no end in sight to the impasse between the Cork panels and the County Board over the right of the senior managers to choose his own selectors.
The Evening Echo newspaper has learned that a delegation from the football squad met the newly installed management, under Teddy Holland, late last week and reiterated that they would not be making themselves available to the management under the current circumstances.
The squad met in the Kingsley Hotel before seven representatives, including Graham Canty, Anthony Lynch, Noel O’Leary, Fintan Goold and Pearse O’Neill, attended a meeting with the new management and stressed the whole panel were totally unified.
When contacted today, selector Liam Hodnett refused to confirm or deny that the meeting took place.
“I have nothing to say on the matter other than that talks are ongoing and there’s no further comment to add to that,” explained Liam.
With the squad heading off to South America next Monday for 17 days holiday and the league commencing on February 2 with an away game to Meath, time is fast running out to find a resolution to the impasse in order to get some sort of preparation for that game underway.
County Board Secretary Frank Murphy and outgoing liaison officer Declan Walsh will accompany the squad on their trip along with three of the old selection committee — Ger Sullivan, Jim Nolan and Teddy Owens.
The footballers were not due to take part in this year’s McGrath Cup but there is now some doubt over the hurlers participation in the Waterford Crystal Cup.
Gerald McCarthy’s side are still slated to meet LIT on January 6.