Thursday 19 April 2018

Greville 'not telepathic' in minor jersey war of words

Johnny Greville has hit back at his county board
Johnny Greville has hit back at his county board
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Westmeath minor hurling manager Johnny Greville has hit back at his county board as the war of words that has erupted between the two parties continued.

Greville was responding to a statement which was released by Westmeath chiefs where they rubbished Greville's claims that they hadn't entered the All-Ireland 'B' championship because they "had no jerseys to play in."

The county board also insisted they didn't enter the B championship after a very strong showing in the Leinster championship that saw them beat Wexford and reach their provincial semi-final. Croke Park has since confirmed that their progress to the last four in the province made them ineligible.

However, Greville still hit back, insisting he had never been informed the county weren't contesting the competition.

"As manager of the minor hurling team surely I should have been included in this decision, if not solely responsible for the decision, to enter this championship whether with a development squad or a full squad," he said.

"These players that have put in so much effort all year to be treated like this does not bode well for the future."

He also stood by his claim that an official told him they had no jerseys to play in. Westmeath deemed it "unacceptable" that a set of jerseys went "missing" but according to Greville, his players had swapped or kept their jerseys after the Dublin defeat.

"They may have to revise their communication strategy as I am not yet equipped for telepathy."

Irish Independent

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