Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Rival bosses anger at Parnell trip

Kerry and Derry may be going head to head tomorrow but they are united on one issue before a ball is kicked in the National Football League Final.

Kerry chairman Jerome Conway and Oak Leaf manager Paddy Crozier share the belief that the decider should not be taking place at Parnell Park, Dublin.

The match is in direct competition with the televised Heineken Cup semi-final and the Dublin venue also means an inordinate amount of travelling for supporters of both teams.

"We're very disappointed by the decision," Conway says. "We had indicated to the Central Competitions Control Committee that we'd be happy to play in Galway, Tullamore or Portlaoise tonight.

"We felt that this would be an appropriate time and venue and we reiterated it a number of times but we were unsuccessful.

"We had got indications before the meeting that it was likely to be in Parnell Park and we had indicated that we'd prefer a different venue."

And while Kerry's concern appears to be a clash of times with the Heineken Cup semi-final, Derry boss Crozier believes that Croke Park is the only venue which should be housing the contest.

"We have pop concerts, rugby, soccer and other activities taking place there yet the venue is not available for the final," raps Crozier.

Croke Park officials, though, have confirmed that because of maintenance work being carried out to the Croke Park surface, the venue had to be ruled out of bounds.