Pressure piles on McCarthy as clubs move for special Board meeting
THE pressure on Limerick hurling manager Justin McCarthy intensified last night with the news that the required number of five clubs have submitted letters requesting a special county board meeting.
Garryspillane were the first club to write to Board secretary Mike O'Riordan and Shannonside sources last night indicated that at least seven other clubs have followed suit.
O'Riordan has confirmed receipt of the Garryspillane letter and other big name and influential clubs in the county appear to have rowed in behind them.
Only if five clubs contact the Board and request a special meeting can another discussion and vote on McCarthy's future take place. Last December, delegates voted in favour of retaining McCarthy's services, but events since, and poor results on the field of play, have forced a rethink.
If a special meeting takes place, a vote of no confidence in McCarthy and his management team can be tabled and voted upon.
Garryspillane chairman Jim Dooley said last night: "I think the mood in the county is that there will be a meeting, but it requires a two-thirds majority (to remove McCarthy) and there are 14 votes on the top table, which went against us the last night (in December)."
Dooley was, ironically, a member of the committee that appointed McCarthy in 2008, but he now believes that it's time to dispense with the services of the Cork native.
Interestingly, Dooley also insisted that former Limerick star and Garryspillane clubman TJ Ryan will not be filling the county post if McCarthy vacates it, as Ryan is committed to managing the club team for the coming year.
Dooley stated: "I don't want to be causing arguments or be in the spotlight but something had to be done. Everybody is sick and tired of this."