Sunday 21 January 2018

Tipp need Barrett to win All-Ireland - Tyrrell


Tipperary's Cathal Barrett. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Cathal Barrett. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Tipperary's dream of winning back-to-back All-Ireland SHC titles will go up in smoke without the services of Cathal Barrett, according to Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrrell.

With the scars of their Munster quarter-final defeat to Cork still fresh, Tipp boss Michael Ryan dropped All-Star corner-back Barrett for a breach of discipline earlier this week as the Premier wheels threaten to come off.

Nine-time All-Ireland winner Tyrrell, himself a no-nonsense defender, feels the tigerish Barrett, who is currently nursing a knee injury, is a loss Tipp cannot do without in their quest for Liam MacCarthy.

"I don't think they would win an All-Ireland without Cathal Barrett, I don't think they could. Looking at Galway now, you need all your big guns there. There's not too many Cathal Barretts growing out of trees below in Tipp," Tyrrell said.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding his departure, Tyrrell wouldn't be surprised if Barrett returned later in the summer, provided his indiscretion was a "once-off".

"I'd say you could see him back, it depends how he reacts to it. If it was me and I did something, you just come out and hold your hands up... it depends if this happened before and he's got a warning or two warnings. If it's a once-off we could see him again."

Despite an uncertain inter-county future, Tipp secretary Tim Floyd has suggested that the door remains open for the 23-year-old, with his exodus far from permanent.

"These kinds of things make headlines, unfortunately, but it's a matter between the county management and Cathal Barrett. They set down the standards and they expect all of the players to follow the guidelines," Floyd told Tipp FM.

"It's unfortunate in this case that Cathal was out injured and he let his guard down. But I presume they've left the door open to him, that it's not a fait accompli.

"It's like the child being put sitting in the corner for a while."


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