Tuesday 30 May 2017

Dunne fires parting shot at Wexford selection 'charade'

Dunne insists he knew he “hadn’t a hope” when interviewed for the position by a six-man committee he likened to “looking at a few headstones”. Photo: Sportsfile
Dunne insists he knew he “hadn’t a hope” when interviewed for the position by a six-man committee he likened to “looking at a few headstones”. Photo: Sportsfile
Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

Liam Dunne believes he was subjected to "a charade" in his bid to remain as Wexford hurling manager and says GAA people in the county no longer have a voice.

While calling for countywide support for new manager Davy Fitzgerald, Dunne insists he knew he "hadn't a hope" when interviewed for the position by a six-man committee he likened to "looking at a few headstones".

The Oulart man's five-year stewardship of Wexford hurlers came to an end with this month's confirmation that former Clare boss, Fitzgerald, had been appointed for a three-year term.

Dunne had been keen to continue and was open to the idea of an interview process before an independent committee. But such a committee, he argues, was never actually formed. "I knew going in that the whole thing was a charade" he reveals in an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent. "I knew I hadn't a hope. I'd say some of the fellas interviewing me never hurled in their life. It was like looking at a few headstones really."

Dunne believes that there were efforts to undermine his position throughout the year, coming to a head in April when his absence from a single training session because of a four-day break in Spain generated newspaper headlines as evidence of "turmoil" in the county.

Wexford failed to escape Division 1B of the National League on his watch and, although recording their first championship defeat of Cork since 1956 this year, they have struggled to build on the momentum of a decent summer run in 2014 (when they ended the All-Ireland defence of Fitzgerald's Clare).

Fitzgerald parted company with Clare in mid-September after a players' meeting failed to register universal support for his continuation as manager for a sixth year.

Dunne says he has agreed to meet his successor.

Irish Independent

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