By Damian Dolan.
Paul Coggins could be ratified as London manager for a fourth year at next Monday night’s (October 14) county board meeting at Ruislip.
Management met on October 7 and are expected to put Coggins’ name forward to delegates after he had a “positive” meeting with county’s clubs last week to seek assurances that a round of championship match would take place in January (possibly the weekend of January 25/26) to allow new players to become eligible to play for the county.
The clubs are understood to have voted in favour of a proposal put forward by Coggins and his management team for a new regulation stating that any player wishing to play for London in 2014, regardless of whether they played championship football in the county this year, will have to play club championship in London in January. Players who do not comply will not be considered for selection for the county team.
The regulation is designed to prevent players from playing for London and then transferring back to their hometown clubs in Ireland to play championship, rather than playing championship football for their London club.
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