Saturday 16 December 2017

I'll do what I like says boss

LIAM DUNNE was unrepentant as he defended his match day dummy line-up before slamming the replay venue.

Dunne wasn't for apologising in the post-match interviews that followed his team's battling draw with Dublin after Jack Guiney lofted over an injury time pointed free to hand his side a replay in Parnell Park this Saturday evening.

When queried on the dummy team, Dunne, who got into hot water for wearing the wrong bib against Offaly last year, said:

'I'm managing the team. I'll do whatever I like. I wore the maor foirne bib last year and sure I was going to be put into the stand. I was going to be fined, I was going to be suspended - it wouldn't have been my first time being suspended.

'If I feel like doing it that way, I'll do it. I don't think there was anyone out there this evening that didn't have a jersey on him or that someone didn't know who they were. I had Paul Morris picked at corner-forward, he rings me this morning telling me he can't play though we did bring him on as a sub. He was sick for two days but Jack (Guiney) came in and took his chance. It's a joke.

'You're asked to name a team on the Tuesday night and if you don't, you're going to be fined. And then the Dublin team is not given in - there was all hell breaking loose. There was a blank page going to be put in the programme because it was so late coming in,' he claimed.

Dunne feels the use of squad numbers would go some way towards alleviating the problem.

'I think squad numbers are the way to go, or else we just find a system like Kilkenny. Brian Cody names his team on a Friday night, it's in the programme on Sunday, and nobody knows about it. Perhaps I may have a chat with Brian to see how he does it.

'If you think it was bad this week, wait till next week,' he added.

The Wexford manager was also not happy with the replay venue.

'They shouldn't bring a game like this to Parnell Park. They're on about wanting to promote hurling and look after the so-called weaker teams and the second tier teams, but I think really they don't give a shit.

'This is our main pitch down here in Wexford. I wonder what would have happened if we brought it to Bellefield. I think we deserve to be in Croke Park if it's a replay. If the Dublin footballers drew with Wexford down here tomorrow in the Leinster football championship, it (replay) would be in Croke Park.

'The powers that be make the rules, we'll abide by the rules, I'm only making the point. Treat the Dublin hurlers with the same respect as the Dublin footballers and treat the Wexford hurlers with a little bit more respect as well.

'They bring league games involving Dublin to Croke Park, this is the Leinster championship. I know the Leinster championship is taken with a pinch of salt, it's all about Munster, just that Kilkenny is in Leinster. We can't help that, they're the big boys. I just feel it should be there.

'Then again if they do put it on in Croke Park and we go up there and get hammered I'll probably be sorry I said that. But we live to fight another day, we'll look forward to it. It's great.'

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