Wednesday 21 February 2018

Tipperary players give backing to axed Kennedy


Tipperary players have given their backing to sacked team manager Eoin Kennedy
Tipperary players have given their backing to sacked team manager Eoin Kennedy

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY players have come out strongly in support of their sacked manager Eoin Kennedy.

In a statement released over the weekend, angry Premier County panellists have expressed "strong disappointment" following Kennedy's removal by county board chiefs.

Tipp may yet pull out of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior championship in protest at the treatment dished out to Kennedy.

This prospect is not expressly discussed in the statement but the players acknowledge championship preparations have been badly affected.

Borrisoleigh's Kennedy masterminded schools success in his native county Offaly and Cork before succeeding Conor Ryan as Tipp manager just five months ago.

But relations between Kennedy and the county's camogie board deteriorated to such an extent that he was sacked last week, just days after Tipp lost to Limerick in the Munster semi-final.

Tipperary are due to open their All-Ireland championship campaign against Derry next month and Kennedy still retains overwhelming support from players, who met last Friday.

The statement reads: "Following a meeting last night (Friday), the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel would like to express strong disappointment in relation to recent events which have occurred within our county set-up.

"We feel that unnecessary measures have been taken which only serve to hinder our championship preparations at such a crucial stage.

"At present, players feel our efforts are continually interrupted as we strive for the success and resurgence of Tipperary Camogie.

"The role of a Tipperary senior camogie player remains a highly respected and successful position in the minds of players.

"However, our desires to play for our county have been severely upset in recent months as we are presented with these difficulties.

"The players would like to express that we have full faith in Eoin Kennedy and his management team."

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