Under-fire McCarthy to face Limerick board as row rolls on

UNDER-FIRE Limerick manager Justin McCarthy will address tonight’s county board meeting in Ballyagran to discuss the controversy which has dogged Shannonside hurling for the past month.

McCarthy sensationally axed 12 members of this year’s squad while another eight have since walked out in protest at the manager’s actions.

A number of players have since expressed their dissatisfaction with the season past but now the Cork native will tonight face the clubs of the county and explain his side of the story.

Limerick chairman Liam Lenihan last night confirmed that McCarthy will be in attendance and expressed hope that the controversy will be resolved after this meeting.

Lenihan said: “The delegates obviously have some questions to ask and they are obviously entitled to answers.

“Justin (McCarthy) is the manager of the county senior hurling team and as manager he has to account for himself and his actions.”

He wasn’t prepared to predict a likely outcome from the meeting, which will be held behind closed doors.

“How the meeting goes is totally up to the clubs. As you know yourself, any club delegate is entitled to get up and propose anything and then it’s down to the other delegates to vote on that. The whole idea of the meeting is to get this sorted out. The delegates have had time to consult with their clubs.

“Clubs have held their own meetings about this and we are hopeful delegates will bring the views of their clubs to the meeting. This is the forum to do that and we’re hopeful they will.

“It’s up to the delegates to make their feelings known and we hope that they will. We hope that the meeting is a positive one and that the delegates get a chance to express the views of the clubs and then, hopefully, we can work on from there. Now we have a chance to put an end to all the speculation and move forward from there.”

Meanwhile West Waterford divisional treasurer Eddie Cunningham (Tallow) revealed another successful year financially for the board, with income outstripping expenditure by almost €8,000, adding: “That is a more than satisfactory situation given the current difficult economic climate.”

OFFICERS: Chairman Paddy Walsh (Colligan/Emmetts); Vice-chairman Brendan Tobin (St Mary’s/Sliabh gCua); Secretary Anthony Walsh (Colligan/Emmetts); Assistant Secretary Pat Grant (Fourmilewater); Treasurer Eddie Cunningham (Tallow); Registrar Seamas O’Brien (Abbeyside/Ballinacourty); Representatives To County Board (3); John Lyons (Tallow), Tony Coffey (Kilrossanty), Tomas O’Cadhla (An Rinn).

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