Clare players set for Board talks

Updated: Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 20:23

Mike Mac has the backing of the Clare County Board
Mike Mac has the backing of the Clare County Board

A Clare player delegation led by captain Brian O’Connell are set to meet with County Board officials within the next 48 hours to outline their opposition to manager Mike McNamara staying in place for the 2010 season.

The squad gathered over the weekend to discuss their strategy after McNamara and his management team of Ollie Baker and Alan Cunningham were ratified to see our their term despite unrest amongst the panel after a disastrous league and championship.

A document containing a list of the players’ grievances was drawn up in the wake of that weekend meeting and a copy has been sent to Board chairman Michael O’Neill.

O’Neill along with two independent arbitrators will hold face-to-face talks with the players to discuss the contents of that document while it remains unclear if McNamara and his selectors will be in attendance.

However sources within the county claim the Board are keen to find a resolution to this saga as quickly as possible and avoid the potential for a repeat of the long-drawn out disputes which have rocked Cork GAA in recent years.

Clare PRO Syl O’Connor confirmed to the Irish Examiner: 'The Board have received documentation from the players and will be setting up a discussion with the players over the next couple of days.

'People are suggesting that may be tonight but it is not set in stone. We await the outcome of that to see what other action will be taken. I don’t know what is in that documentation as the chairman was in receipt of that.'