Meyler quits Kerry role

Meyler quits Kerry role

John Meyler has quit his position as Kerry senior hurling manager in the aftermath of their Christy Ring Cup loss to Kildare over the weekend.

The reigning champions crashed to their second defeat in this year's competition, going down 2-21 to 1-16 to the Lilywhites in Newbridge.

Meyler said he quit the Kingdom post because he did not get enough from his players, stating: "What I wanted and what I got is not enough for me.

"I felt we were flat (against Kildare). That’s our eighth away Christy Ring Cup game in ten that I have been involved in. So it’s too long and too hard and that’s not making excuses. Perhaps the hunger was not there.

"I don’t know. I have to accept responsibility for that and I am doing that. I have given the best part of three years to it and that’s it.

"I have given it 100% and have no more to give. I have done my time - I can’t get anymore out of them. What I want and what I got is not enough for me."

Kerry decided not to move up to the Liam MacCarthy Cup despite their Christy Ring Cup success last year, as it was their hope that another year in the Ring Cup would help build confidence.

However, Meyler reckoned that some exposure to Munster Championship hurling would have brought the players on.

"I was hoping to drive it on but it was not to be. I felt we needed a new impetus. At the end of last year I felt that we should have gone into the Munster Championship.

"It would have given us a new impetus - it would have given us a lift. I always wanted to play in Munster Championship and win a Munster Championship match and that is no disrespect to anyone."

Meyler also called for a review of hurling structures in Kerry, adding: "The structure is not there and it’s difficult geographically.

"Clubs are playing in other counties like in Leinster and there is a buzz about. That is not there in Kerry and it bothers me."

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