Thursday 22 March 2018

'Corbett's shock exit gave me worst night of my life'

Lar Corbett
Lar Corbett

Jackie Cahill

A leading Tipperary official has described how Lar Corbett's shock withdrawal from the Premier hurling squad in February 2012 was an "unmanageable" situation.

Ger Ryan, chairman of the GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee, was public relations officer with the county board when the bombshell news broke that Corbett had quit Declan Ryan's panel.

And Ryan said: "I said that was the worst night of my five years. It was literally unmanageable. I got 10 minutes notice that it was going to happen but suddenly there were stories out from everywhere -- why did he go, it was the manager's fault, something happened with him, all sorts of theories out there."

Ryan's five-year term as Tipperary PRO is up but he will continue in a caretaker capacity until his successor is confirmed next month.

And he revealed how Tipperary officials dealt with the news that 2012 Hurler of the Year Corbett had walked away, albeit temporarily, from inter-county hurling.

Ryan explained: "The minute you issue a statement, people start reading things into that.

"You find yourself in crisis mode, in denial mode. I don't think we ever really got on top of that until he came back."

Corbett eventually rejoined the Tipp squad ahead of the 2012 championship but when the player's inter-county career appeared to be at an end, Ryan remembers just how difficult a situation that was.

He said: "It did take us three or four hours before we got a coherent statement out."

Irish Independent

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