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Tough role: Paddy Tally believes county managers will face a huge challenge as the year goes on

Tough role: Paddy Tally believes county managers will face a huge challenge as the year goes on

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Liam Kerr

Liam Kerr

Tough role: Paddy Tally believes county managers will face a huge challenge as the year goes on

The notion that a team can taste glory in a GAA context has rapidly been replaced by the now widely-held conviction that a strong panel is the prerequisite for a brush with success.

As preparations are stepped up for the resumption of competitive club action next month, county team managers across Ulster are preparing to undertake a painstaking search for fresh talent that they hope might ultimately lead to glory.

With 35-strong county panels now the order of the day, not only have the costs of maintaining them soared but with 20 players missing out on cherished starting places on a match by match basis, it's little wonder that county team bosses are now viewed as counsellors, social workers, confidantes and advisors as they bid to sustain a healthy, vibrant overall spirit.