Monday 19 February 2018

Dunne fury: 'Do people here want us to fail?'

Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)
Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Liam Dunne flew home from Spain yesterday angry and frustrated that his short holiday had sparked rumours of unrest in Wexford hurling circles.

They emerged following the manager's absence from training on Monday as the countdown began to Wexford's Allianz League quarter-final clash with Waterford next Sunday.

"It's beyond belief. You'd wonder why it happens in Wexford. Are there people who want us to fail and put out stuff just to cause trouble?

"Sorry to disappoint them but there was nothing behind my absence at Monday's training session other than I took a few days away. The chance came up for a break and I went for it," said Dunne.

Having travelled to Spain last Friday, he missed only one training spin as the squad were released to play for their clubs at the weekend.

Last Monday's session was overseen by coach Willie Cleary, physical trainer Gerry Fitzpatrick and Tom Mullally, who is involved with the minor team.

Dunne said that he was in regular contact with members of his management team during his rare absence.

"I missed Monday, that's all. I work for Stafford Fuels in New Ross and have driven over 45,000 kilometres all over Ireland in the last six months but didn't miss one training session with Wexford until Monday. That's the commitment I'm putting into it.

"I can't understand why anyone would want to stir trouble where there's none. When people have put as much effort and commitment into Wexford hurling as I have over the last 40 years, let them talk.

"Otherwise, stay quiet and let those of us who are doing our best for Wexford get on with it," said Dunne.

Wexford reached the league quarter-finals as third-placed finishers in 1B but a poor performance at home to Offaly and a close call against Laois in their last two games left supporters frustrated.

"None of us were happy with the Offaly performance and we could have played better against Laois too but the important thing was that the lads dug in and got the points when we needed them.

"We're in the quarter-final which was the target at the start of the season," he said.

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