Monday 23 July 2018

Wexford clash just another game for Model man Meyler - Nash

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash believes manager John Meyler will treat their clash with Wexford on Sunday as just another game.

Meyler is a Wexford native who has long been based on Leeside and he will bring his Cork charges to Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday for their NHL Division 1A clash to face a side he used to manage.

But Nash insists that won't be an issue for his new boss.

"I was involved with John in 2004 or 2005 in Fitzgibbon in CIT and he played me outfield so I know him for a long time," Nash said.

"I wouldn't even think of it like that, I'm sure he's proud of his roots but we see him as a Corkman. I'm sure it will be a nice day for him as well after coaching Wexford to go down and play them.

"But he's a very straightforward guy and he'll take it as another game. He won't get too emotional about it but we'll try and get a performance, but the way Wexford are going it's going to be one hell of a game."

Winning

Meyler got off to a winning start last Saturday night as they saw off Kilkenny and Nash believes the Cork players have been impressed with how he has moved up to manager having served as a selector last year under Kieran Kingston.

"When a manager comes in there is a lot of pressure on him from outside and the thing with John is he has been very good to us, to me personally and Lorcan (McLoughlin) and Darren (Browne) who are in with Kanturk and Cork too. If you have Kanturk training or a game there's no problem at all.

"He has fitted in very well and a lot of it is gelling on and continuing from last year.

"He's been involved with teams with Cork throughout the years so we know a lot about him and he's a trusting man, a players' person and he lets it up to us so he's good guy.

"And of course (to win) the first real competitive game of the year with a big crowd I'm sure he was delighted to get the win.

"But I think he referred to it himself after the game it was two points that's all it is really.

"Many teams have won their first game and ended in a relegation battle but you hope you'll get as many two points as you can. It's great for him."

Nash will miss the Wexford clash as he chases an All-Ireland IHC medal with Kanturk when they take on Kilkenny's Ballyraggett on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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