Jimmy Barry-Murphy: I gave serious consideration to staying on with Cork
Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has admitted that he gave serious thought about returning for another term this season after his side were hammered in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final by Tipperary.
“I took some time to think about it,” says Barry-Murphy. “I was in two minds on whether or not to say on. All sorts of stuff was going through my head. How long do I stay in charge? How long does my way be the way? Is a change needed?”
The nature of the defeat did have a big impact on Barry-Murphy. “As Cork manager, it was embarrassing. We brought 35-40,000 people to Dublin and we let everyone down. We let ourselves down. I don’t really blame the players at all. It was up to us (management) to get them right and we didn’t do that.
“A lot of people afterwards asked me, ‘Did ye set out to contain Tipp? Why did ye let them get so much possession on their puckout? We didn’t. It had nothing really to do with tactics. Whether it was a combination of factors from the build up, to maybe we didn’t get it across enough to the players that we wanted to take the game to Tipp, we were just flat.”
Ahead of Sunday’s National League final against Waterford, the Cork legend believes that, while Cork are making good progress, he feels they still have some distance to travel to catch up with Kilkenny and Tipperary.
“Unless you win an All-Ireland in Cork, you’re never going to be patting yourself on the back,” he says. “That is what we will be judged on, and I know I will be as well. To get to that level, you’ve got to put the building blocks in place. I think we’re doing that at the moment. But looking at Tipp and Kilkenny in particular, I think we’ve got a bit to go.”
Read the full interview in tomorrow’s Irish Independent and independent.ie