Supporters refute criticism from outgoing Déise boss Carew

Waterford GAA supporters group Club Déise have strongly refuted claims that they didn’t cooperate with outgoing football manager Niall Carew.

Supporters refute criticism from outgoing Déise boss Carew

The fundraising body also revealed none of their officers can recall any approach being made by the Kildare native to seek financial assistance.

In his statement to the county board a fortnight ago, Carew expressed his frustration at the lack of help provided by Club Déise, and suggested the creation of a separate entity to support the football side of the county.

“In relation to finance, I feel football people in Waterford have to create their own Club Football Déise, because Waterford football has got no assistance from Club Déise. In fact when I enquired, I was told we would not get any assistance.”

In an open letter, the committee have firmly stated their annoyance with these comments: “The committee of Club Déise are very sad to have to take this opportunity to say how very disappointed we are by the tone and context of comments made by Mr Niall Carew recently in his letter to the Waterford clubs and in interviews to the national media,” he letter said.

They said none of their members were contacted in relation to financial support for the footballers. “With regard to Mr Carew’s allegations he was turned down when he approached Club Déise for assistance, no Club Déise officer has any recollection of Mr Carew speaking with them and no written request was ever received by Club Déise from Mr Carew. Statements made by Mr Carew to the media stating otherwise are incorrect.”

The committee also explained the steps involved in applying for these funds.

“Any manager requesting funds from Club Déise needs to follow the protocol agreed between Club Déise and the county board, which was put in place to ensure transparency. The protocol entails a written request for funds, detailing what the funds are required for. This written request is examined by the Club Déise committee and where a significant sum is requested, a proposal would be suggested to team management as to how the funds might be raised in conjunction with Club Déise.”

Meanwhile, Waterford County Board has met with player representatives from the football panel after their statement backing Carew’s retention as manager for a second term.

“That’s the norm, every year we meet the hurlers and the footballers for a review of the year,” confirmed board chairman Tom Cunningham

The players reaffirmed their position but Cunningham said that Carew is yet to disclose his future plans. Nominations are being sought from the board for the vacant senior and U21 football posts. September 1 is the deadline for submissions from clubs.

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