Friday 19 January 2018

Hickey eager to set record straight

Tonight's meeting in Claughaun is certain to discuss the impasse and hear back from the executive on the failed attempt to introduce Croke Park officials as mediators. Up to yesterday evening no motions of no confidence had been tabled in the current management.

Limerick chairman Liam Lenihan said the accusations made by the players would be addressed at tonight's meeting.

On mediation, Hickey said the players felt there was little point because the one big issue was so cut and dried.

"I should have two league games played by now but the manner in which the players were let go from the squad last October made my decision. No one has any right to a place on a county squad but there was no courtesy, no professionalism about how it was done. That's the least any player deserved.

"One of our group was actually asked to retire by a member of the '09 management," revealed Hickey.

Hickey said he appreciated that the public was "sick and tired" of the issue and were losing interest in it.

"The crowd in the Gaelic Grounds for the Cork game was probably a reflection of that. But there's a principle involved for us (2009 players). We couldn't go back under the present regime."

Hickey said the statement was not timed to influence delegates ahead of tonight's meeting but was designed to "set the record straight" about the recent speculation concerning players making their return.

Irish Independent

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