Cork GAA plan mirrors a previous submission, says Ger Lane

Kevin O’Donovan’s blueprint is largely similar to a document recently formulated by the sub-committee which the coaching officer resigned from on Tuesday evening, county board chairman Ger Lane has claimed.

The Games focus group is one of a number of sub- committees feeding into the Cork GAA strategic review steering group and their recent submission to the latter is expected to be debated by the board in either September or October.

When circulating his own document to club delegates on Tuesday night, O’Donovan also announced his resignation from the Cork strategic review steering group.

“I believe it is unhealthy for six of the seven members to be board officers. Group think is a danger in any organisation,” said O’Donovan. “I would like to sincerely thank all who contributed to the report presented to the steering group by the Games focus group which I was happy to be a member of with Conor Counihan, John Allen, Jim Woulfe, Tom Kenny, Alan Quirke, Brian Cuthbert and John Considine, as well as current vice-chair Tracey Kennedy.”

County board chairman Lane, in responding to the coaching officer’s reform proposals, accepted there are challenges facing the county. “Kevin’s document seems to be broadly based on the submission of a games focused group of our strategic review committee, of which Kevin was a member. That submission has been made to the strategic plan steering committee. It will be considered very carefully and fully by the committee.”

He continued: “Kevin has been a member of the strategic plan steering committee and the analysis of the submission of that games sub-group will be examined, in the first instance, by members of that committee over the coming weeks. The strategic plan steering committee has been tasked to map out a new plan for implementation over the next three years and is due to report to the board in September/October with proposals to do with hurling and football structure, club and so on.

“The board is aware of the challenges facing the games in Cork. It is self-evident the performance overall of our teams across a number of grades this season has been disappointing. Our ambition is to build on very successful work that has been undertaken at development level and to address, as a priority, any deficits that exists. The submission of games focus group will, I am sure, make an important contribution to that work, along with the submission of the six other sub-committees that are working under the strategic committee.”

Lane also defended the decision not to discuss the exit of the Cork hurlers at Tuesday’s meeting as a mark of respect to the Jim Forbes. “Urgent business is not dealt with on an occasion such as Tuesday night where we had the death of a former chairman of the board, former Munster Council PRO, chairman of Rebel Óg central and a person who spent over 30 years as an officer in the Carrigdhoun division. It is absolutely normal that situation arises.

“If people felt we should have been disrespectful of a man of Jim’s stature by continuing normal board business, it would be a very sad day for the association.”


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