Sunday 18 March 2018

Wexford defend decision to axe minor boss


WEXFORD GAA chairman Diarmuid Devereux insists that he was left with no option but to remove Eddie Walsh as the county's minor hurling manager.

He is adamant that former Model star Walsh breached county training guidelines designed to help the three Wexford sides (Combined Colleges, St Peter's and Good Counsel) taking part in the Leinster Colleges 'A' SHC.

"We brought in rules and guidelines where colleges would be allowed their players up to January, to be extended if necessary," said Devereux.

"This was brought in to allow players and colleges space and also help to cope with burnout of our young players.

"The minor hurling manager broke those guidelines. He had a physical training session last Tuesday night lasting some 90 minutes, while he also called a training session for last Friday night, less than 24 hours before the Combined Colleges were travelling for an important challenge game.

"The manager broke training guidelines last week and has been removed from his post.

"Parents were beginning to complain of the demands, with many fearing it would damage their Leaving Certificate preparations... also the warning issued to players regarding Friday night training, that should they fail to turn up they would not be considered for the team. This was also annoying and unacceptable.

"We put a plan in place similar to other counties, such as Dublin, Waterford and Limerick. If it works for those counties, why not for Wexford?

"Why cling to the old way, especially as the minor hurlers will not be playing championship hurling until May? We are sticking to our plan which we believe is in the best interests of the young hurlers."

Walsh hit back, saying: "I personally feel let down by Diarmuid Devereux and the county management committee. When he offered me the job, I took it on the condition there would be no interference."

Irish Independent

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