Saturday, 02 January 2010 10:23
Livid Ryan brands Limerick board a ‘laughing stock’
By Jackie Cahill
FORMER county senior hurling team manager Tom Ryan has launched a fierce attack on Limerick’s county board following last week’s vote which retained the services of boss Justin McCarthy.
Ryan insisted that Limerick are now a "laughing stock" as the Shannonsiders prepare for the 2010 campaign without their big name stars. Ryan also warned that Limerick GAA is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of emerging young sportsmen to Munster rugby as the county board lurches "from one crisis to another."
Ryan also insisted that McCarthy should have walked away from the job when last year’s panel members made it clear that they will not be hurling for the Cork native in 2010.
Ryan said: "No other county has the ongoing problems that Limerick has. The county board has walked from one disaster into another. We’re a laughing stock at this stage and we’re losing supporters. On Sunday, we had the replay of the U21 A hurling championship played in the snow and that’s a damning indictment of the management situation when you have games being played on December 20."
Ryan believes that McCarthy’s role in the crisis has been a "shambles" and insisted that the manager must be held accountable for this year’s championship displays. Limerick lost out to Waterford in the Munster championship and although they bounced back to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals, Tipperary inflicted a heavy defeat on the Shannonsiders in that clash.
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