Monday 24 July 2017

Drama in store for Limerick as exiled players prepare to have their say

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LIMERICK'S hurling row is set to escalate dramatically today when the players who have left, or been cut from, Justin McCarthy's county senior panel finally speak out.

After nearly three months of controversy the players are now expected to break their silence.

And their intervention has been timed to coincide with a County Board meeting tonight where the explosive issue is to be raised from the floor and where there could yet be a vote of no confidence proposed in McCarthy and, possibly, the officers of the board.

Given the piecemeal manner in which players had defected from McCarthy's panel since November, and their previous silence on the issue, it was believed they did not have the appetite or unity to make a heave against him of the type which has ousted hurling managers in Cork and Clare in the recent past.

But the exiled Limerick players finally held a meeting last Sunday and are set to release a statement.

Manner

The manner in which McCarthy dropped 12 players from his 2010 plans before Christmas has prompted another dozen of the 2009 panel to leave since.

The manager finally broke his own silence on the matter last week when outlining his resolve to see out the second year of his term.

The clubs had supported him but only by a narrow margin and a players' statement could be the touch-paper that could make this meeting particularly incendiary.

Fuel has already been added to the fire in recent weeks with former managers Eamonn Cregan and Tom Ryan, and ex-county star TJ Ryan, calling on McCarthy to step down.

When McCarthy reconvened a squad for 2010 last October he omitted a dozen long-standing regulars. McCarthy's 2010 panel now includes just six players who were on last year's squad.

Irish Independent

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