Wednesday 24 May 2017

Griffin to lead hunt for new boss as Model begin overhaul

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

WEXFORD have turned to Liam Griffin to head the search for a new senior hurling team manager after another disappointing championship campaign.

However, the man who led Wexford to their last All-Ireland title in 1996, warns that the county is deluding itself if it thinks there's a quick-fix solution.

Griffin paid tribute to Colm Bonnar, manager for the last three years, saying that he did the best he could in difficult circumstances.

"He did well by keeping Wexford in Division 1 last spring. It's too easy to blame a manager for problems that aren't of his making," said Griffin, who will chair the manager-seeking committee.

Former stars Billy Byrne and Darragh Ryan will also be involved in the process alongside a few other board appointments. It's expected the new manager will be from Wexford.

process

Griffin said that appointing a manager was only one part of the process that needed to be undertaken.

"We have to rediscover who we are and what we're about. We have to build systems and structures that can deliver the best club and county teams possible. It's a huge challenge," he added.

"You can only move forward if everything is right," he said. "Putting in a new manager and expecting him to produce an All-Ireland-winning team overnight makes no sense. We have to be supportive and patient."

Kilkenny's success over the past decade emphasises the chasm which has opened up between themselves and Wexford, who had a decent record against their rivals up to recent years.

"Kilkenny are our rivals, our nemesis and our example. They haven't achieved anything through magic. It's all about getting the proper structures in place and putting in the hard work.

"They've done that and the fruits are there for all to see. That's got to be our aim too," said Griffin.

Irish Independent

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