Sunday 22 October 2017

Tipp boycott on the cards as Kennedy gets the boot

Camogie

Tipperary players may boycott the All-Ireland senior camogie championship after team manager Eoin Kennedy was sacked
Tipperary players may boycott the All-Ireland senior camogie championship after team manager Eoin Kennedy was sacked

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY may pull out of the All-Ireland senior championship after team manager Eoin Kennedy was sacked by county board chiefs.

It is understood that Tipperary's players are furious after Borrisoleigh native Kennedy was removed from his position following a full board meeting.

It is clear from a statement issued by the Tipperary camogie board yesterday that Kennedy was at loggerheads with senior officials and paid the price.

But the bombshell has been greeted with anger by Tipp's players, who have held a meeting to voice their internal support for their popular former manager.

Kennedy, who has masterminded success at schools level in his native county, Offaly and Cork, succeeded Conor Ryan in the Tipperary post just five months ago.

But it is understood relations between Kennedy and the county board have become increasingly fraught in recent times.

OFFICERS

In a statement issued by the Premier County camogie board it was confirmed that officers and clubs made the decision "as a result of ongoing difficulties between the manager and the county board."

It went on: "It is hoped that we have a new manager in place as soon as possible."

Tipp's players are considering their next course, but, according to sources, a championship boycott is a distinct possibility.

Tipperary are due to open their All-Ireland campaign against Derry next month, having lost out to Limerick last weekend in the Munster semi-final.

But Kennedy retains overwhelming support from Tipp's players and this situation contrasts wildly with the ladies football crisis that has hit the county.

Football boss and former hurler John Leahy axed five players from his squad recently and 14 others have since walked away in protest.

It is understood that Kennedy and the Tipperary camogie players will be making no official comment at this point.

Irish Independent

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