Friday 15 December 2017

Clubs move in Limerick crisis

The Management Committee of the Limerick county board were due to hold an emergency meeting last night as the hurling crisis looks set to be taken a stage further.

Six clubs have now submitted motions which could lead to the dismissal of beleaguered manager Justin McCarthy who ironically this afternoon takes Limerick into action against Waterford whose players were instrumental in him losing the Waterford job last year.

The Limerick row has festered and worsened since it began last October when McCarthy omitted 12 of his 2009 squad. But he did so without informing the players involved and another 12 walked out in protest.

In January, the county board tabled a motion of confidence in McCarthy, and his management team. It was passed by a majority of 70-55 with all 12 members on the board giving their support.

Last Tuesday night, the matter was given another lengthy airing by club delegates during which county board chairman, Liam Lenihan, stated that the board still had confidence in the manager.

But since then the necessary number of clubs have sent letters or emails to the board which is bound by rule to hold a special board meeting once five clubs make such a request. But because the board motion of confidence was passed in January, it will require a two thirds majority if delegates wish to have McCarthy removed.

Meanwhile, the 2009 squad have started training themselves under Derry O'Donovan, who was trainer when Eamon Cregan was Limerick manager.

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