Monday 5 December 2016

Knives were out for me - McCorry

Orla Bannon

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

McCorry reluctantly stood down on Thursday night after just one year in charge
McCorry reluctantly stood down on Thursday night after just one year in charge

Jim McCorry says he had no choice but to resign as Down football manager because he felt "the knives were out" from members of the county executive.

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McCorry reluctantly stood down on Thursday night after just one year in charge, claiming a handful of people forced him out having "lost the plot" over the shock qualifier defeat to Wexford.

That loss, his post-match interview on 'The Sunday Game' and the unavailability of key players were what he called "the sticks used to beat me with".

Down exceeded expectations with promotion to Division 1, but the two Championship defeats - first to Derry by a point in Ulster put McCorry under pressure.

Despite surviving a county board vote by 22-20 last month, McCorry claimed his position "became untenable" when several county executive members challenged him on certain issues.

"It unravelled because people focused on one bad day at the office and didn't see the bigger picture," he claimed yesterday.

"We were gutted to lose to Wexford and no excuses, but people seemed to lose the plot over that one result.

"In my heart I wanted to stay on because I enjoyed working with the players and the supporters were great, but I don't think I would have lasted the entire season next year, because the knives would have been sharpened again."

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