Friday 30 September 2016

Wexford play down manager Dunne's absence from training

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)
Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)

Wexford are playing down any significance attached to the absence of hurling manager Liam Dunne from training earlier this week.

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Dunne, who has been in charge of Wexford for the last four-and-a-half seasons, has been out of the country on a break for the last few days but has missed just one scheduled session in that time.

They host Waterford in a league quarter-final in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday, having only scraped into it courtesy of a late Shane Tomkins point that gave them a narrow victory over Laois.

Dunne oversaw a session last week but the players were then released back to their clubs over the weekend to allow them to concentrate on local league games, Wexford sources have explained.

The manager missed Monday's session at the Centre of Excellence in Ferns which was overseen by coach Willie Cleary with assistance from Tom Mullally, the Kilkenny man who has been helping out with the minor team, and the team's physical trainer Gerry Fitzpatrick.

But Dunne last night confirmed that he will be back at the helm for tonight's session in advance of Waterford's visit.

It is not clear if Wexford County Board officials were aware of Dunne's absence.

Wexford have struggled in Division 1B, beating just Laois and Kerry, with losses to Clare, Limerick and Offaly.

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