Friday 13 December 2019

Limerick board hit back in O'Grady resignation row

Donal O'Grady
Donal O'Grady
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE management committee of the Limerick County Board have hit back in the row with former joint-manager Donal O'Grady in a statement released yesterday.

The row centres on reports that O'Grady and his co-manager TJ Ryan had apologised for the performance against Offaly during the league campaign that contributed to their failure to secure promotion from Division 1B.

And while yesterday's statement – released after a meeting of Limerick's top brass on Monday night – confirmed no such apology was made, it insisted senior management had "accepted full accountability and taken full responsibility for failing to achieve league promotion".

The committee insists efforts to clarify an agreed statement were ongoing when O'Grady handed in his resignation late on Sunday night and that the Cork man "was reluctant to agree the statement or engage with a third-party intermediary to finalise an agreed statement".

The county board also confirmed that Ryan would continue until the "conclusion of this year's championship" and that a hurling coach would be appointed as "a priority".

The joint Ryan-O'Grady ticket had been given a two-year term at a county board meeting last November.

The statement in full reads: "The management committee of Limerick County Board convened last night to discuss the resignation of Donal O'Grady as joint manager of Limerick senior hurling team.

"The chairman expressed his disappointment at the decision particularly so when efforts were ongoing to finalise an agreed statement clarifying matters arising from the April County Board meeting.

"The chairman confirmed that the draft statement had included a statement confirming that the joint-managers had never apologised for the performance against Offaly, however they had accepted full accountability and taken full responsibility for failing to achieve league promotion.

"Unfortunately Donal O'Grady was reluctant to agree the statement or engage with a third-party intermediary to finalise an agreed statement. In the end he chose to resign his position and informed the chairman by voicemail before 10pm on Sunday night last.

"Management decided unanimously to confirm TJ Ryan as manager with selectors Mark Lyons and Paul Beery until the conclusion of this year's championship.

"It was also agreed that the chairman, secretary and treasurer in consultation with the team management would identify and appoint a hurling coach as a priority.

"County management confirmed their full confidence in the management and team and reaffirmed that every support required to prepare for the Munster championship will be made available to the management and team."

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