Major criticism of county set-up

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:24

A 14-point beating at the hands of Clare in Carlow's penultimate game in Division 4 of the Allianz National Football league was a poor result in most supporters' eyes.

However, within the last 10 days, four players have left the Carlow Senior football panel reducing numbers to below 30.

One player in question, Gary Dempsey, from Rathvilly, has spoken out about his reasons for pulling off the panel sighting three main reasons behind his decision.

"Well most things were fine, but I felt it was bad the players hadn't got their expenses on time for a start, I thought the manager didn't give a f*** and I didn't think the strength and conditioning coach was a football man," said Dempsey.

When contacted by the Carlow People, County Chairman Michael Meaney said he could only comment on the expenses issue.

"Well, all Senior football expenses up until and including the end of January have been paid," said the Chairman.

He also pointed out that: "It would be normal to be a month or so behind, that wouldn't be unusual," said Meaney.

Clonmore star Shane McGrath didn't comment on the issues mentioned above but he did give his reasons for leaving the county setup.

"I work nights every second or third week and it was hard to be making training as often as I could and not to be getting more game time," said McGrath.

"That's not the players fault, when you get picked you have to play and the management pick what they think is best but I felt there were some players who played simply because they were in there a few years longer, and that's frustrating," Shane continued.

Old Leighlin defender Michael Meaney said he left the panel due to work commitments.

"I was just under too much pressure with work at home," said Meaney, who farms for a living.

"I was working longer hours to make up time for training and in the end I couldn't justify it," said Meaney

A call was put into the Senior football manager, Anthony Rainbow, but he was unavailable at the time.

Carlow People

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