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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Quaid insists both sides are to blame as Treaty ponder 'unholy mess'

Jackie Cahill

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

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16 March 2014; Limerick joint manager Donal O'Grady. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1B, Round 4, Offaly v Limerick, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid says the county board 'didn't covered themselves in glory' over the Donal O'Grady affair. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid has described the departure of the county's joint senior hurling team manager Donal O'Grady as "an unholy mess".

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Quaid, a two-time Munster SHC medallist, was dismayed to learn this week that Cork native O'Grady had stepped away from the post.

But the Murroe-Boher clubman, who stepped down as coaching officer from the Limerick County Board last year, insisted that O'Grady must also shoulder some of the blame for his departure, along with Shannonside top brass.

"This is an unholy mess. It's ridiculous, but I think there is fault on both sides," said Quaid. "The board didn't cover themselves in glory with what they said, but at the same time Donal O'Grady just pulled the plug.

"It's very trivial in one sense what happened, but he (O'Grady) obviously took high offence to how the board were doing their business. But why is it always happening in Limerick? It's hard to put your finger on it. We need to sit down and have a serious look at what's happening."

Two-time All Star Quaid admits that "losing a manager six weeks before a championship match has to have an effect."


He added: "There was probably divided opinion in the county about whether he was doing a good job or not, but you need a bit of stability. We were Munster champions last year for the first time in 17 years and we haven't a bucket of All-Irelands or anything like that.

"We have a good minor team coming up and it's a bit of stability that's needed for them. I have my own qualms about it as we seem to be going outside the county and not developing coaches from within. But it's seen as sour grapes because I didn't get the minor job in 2012.

"But it seems to me that if you're making progress and doing well in your own county, there's enough of a track record to show that you don't get the opportunity to progress further.

"Go back to Leo O'Connor winning a Munster U-21 title in 2011 and he was gone the following year and Tom Ryan was gone after winning the league in 1997. We won an All-Ireland U-16 and wanted to bring that group to minor.

"They'll say that I was offered a selector's role, but we went through from U-14 and U-16 and we wanted to bring through the whole management team. Don Flynn and Ray Ryan, who were with me, were every bit as important."

Quaid added: "It's another mess that we're in. Somebody needs to sort it out. The board are elected officials and while the clubs can be giving out about them, they elect them. A lot of them are good people giving their time but they have to be accountable to somebody as well."

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