Thursday 18 January 2018

Vote of no confidence on cards for McCarthy

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

JUSTIN McCarthy's tenure as Limerick hurling manager has come under renewed threat after one club yesterday submitted a motion of no confidence in his management.

Four other counties must do likewise before a meeting can be convened to discuss the calls for his removal, but it's expected that will happen over the next few days.

Delegates expressed frustration over the on-going saga at Tuesday night's county board meeting but it was pointed out by chairman Liam Lenihan that no proposals for a motion of no confidence could be taken from the floor.

Instead, five clubs are required to submit written motions and Lenihan confirmed yesterday that he had already received one. If four others follow, all the clubs in the county will be circulated and a meeting called to discuss the motions at the earliest possible opportunity.

The fact that one club made its move so quickly suggests it's only a matter of time before the required number comes forward with similar motions, which would force an early debate on the dispute which has undermined Limerick hurling since last October, after McCarthy dropped several long-serving members of the 2009 panel.

The mood at Tuesday's meeting suggests there's growing unease over the direction the row has taken and that the time has come for a full and frank discussion on where clubs stand in relation to McCarthy's continued stewardship.

His term is due to expire at the end of this year's championship, but clearly there's now a major doubt about whether he will be allowed to continue that long. Meanwhile, McCarthy continues to prepare for Limerick's next league tie, against Waterford in Dungarvan on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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