Tony Mowbray booed after Celtic loss


PETERBOROUGH United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has refuted claims that he offered his club’s manager’s job to Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon . . .

IRISH international midfielder Steven Reid has joined QPR on loan in a bid to step up his return to full fitness after a year out with a knee injury . . .

DERRY City manager Stephen Kenny has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Premier Division Dundalk . . .

PREMIER League Burnley are interested in Cork centre-back Kevin Long and St. Pat’s left-back Enda Stevens . . .

SCOTTISH midfielder Ross Chisholm hopes to stay with Shamrock Rovers next season.


GPA Official

HISTORY was made on Saturday when the GAA announced official status for the Gaelic Players Association as their official player representative body.

The GPA will now act as the link between the GAA and their inter-county players in all aspects of the relationship between the two.

Welcoming the announcement, GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said, “Recognition for the players’ association will provide a platform on which the GAA and the GPA can work together to secure a better future for our games and our players.

“This interim arrangement is the culmination of years of hard work on both sides to establish trust and understanding.

“I would like to thank the many people within the GAA and GPA who contributed to that process to date and the players who strived to have their distinctive voice heard within the GAA.”

GAA President Christy Cooney also welcomed the news and said, “This is an important day for the Association and one that I believe will lead to a brand new working relationship with the GPA, a body that has been in existence for the past 10 years.

“We are confident that we can forge a relationship with our inter-county players that will be for the betterment of the GAA as a whole.

“We have always been committed to our amateur and voluntary ethos and the belief structure that has underpinned the values at the heart of our association.

“With these proposals we have stayed true to these ideals while at the same time coming to a position that recognizes the important role that our inter-county players play in the promotion and commercial well being of the Association.”

The Gaelic Players Association will now receive €1.1 million from the GAA to finance its activities in 2010.

Kerry legend Paidi O Se welcomed the decision and told the Sunday Independent, “There should be much more developed career guidance resources for young players who often nowadays have no jobs or might be struggling with exams. This is a giant step forward.”


McGrath’s Concern

WATERFORD star Ken McGrath has confirmed that long term knee injuries could force his retirement from the inter-county scene.

“I’m still not right to be honest, I’m kind of struggling,” McGrath told the Irish Examiner. “I’ve had a nightmare two years, three operations in two years.

“This year especially, I got no hurling done at all really. If it gets right, I’ll look forward to giving it a go in 2010 but if it’s not right, I’ll be struggling again.

“It’s tough on the mind because you don’t know what way you’re going to be. I hopefully might manage the legs a bit better next year and maybe come back a small bit later.”


Forde Out?

WEXFORD ace Matty Forde has admitted he could miss the 2010 Leinster football championship as he continues his recovery from recent back surgery.

Forde, who failed to feature for Wexford this year, told the Irish Independent, “I had the operation on a disc and trapped nerve last May and 15 months from then would bring me up to August 2010.

“I would not be able to train properly until then, so my prospects of playing for Wexford next year don’t look very good if the opinions of the medical experts prove to be correct.”


Yearly Honors

ANTRIM football team boss Liam Bradley has been named as the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers’ Association’s Personality of the Year.

The Footballer of the Year accolade went to Tyrone’s Kevin Hughes, while Antrim’s Neil McManus was named Hurler of the Year and Donegal’s Michael Murphy received the Young Achiever of the Year award.

Cavan’s World Handball champion Paul Brady claimed the Handballer of the Year award as expected.