Striking Limerick players unlikely to return

Despite calls from Limerick County Board chairman Liam Lenihan last night urging players from the 2009 panel to "put their differences behind them", it is unlikely that the bulk of those players will return under Justin McCarthy.

Despite calls from Limerick County Board chairman Liam Lenihan last night urging players from the 2009 panel to "put their differences behind them", it is unlikely that the bulk of those players will return under Justin McCarthy.

Mr Lenihan called on clubs to 'reconsider' their position for the greater good of Limerick hurling, after delegates voted by 83 to 47 in favour of retaining McCarthy as Limerick Senior Hurling manager, following last night's specially convened meeting at Claughaun on the outskirts of Limerick City.

"I would appeal to the players now to reconsider – the club is where you start, it’s where you finish, and the clubs of Limerick have made this decision tonight," Lenihan said.

"I would appeal to those clubs also to approach those players and get them to commit to Limerick for the rest of this season."

However, five players spoke anonymously to the Irish Examiner after the vote of their disgust at the situation, and were adamant that a return under McCarthy was firmly not on the cards.

"It was pretty cut and dried, wasn’t it?" said one. "The clubs obviously didn’t like what was going on, they must have thought this was all about player power."

Another player added: "An awful thing to think that the clubs in Limerick believe that leaving that man (Justin McCarthy) in place is going to benefit Limerick hurling – if they think he’s that good, they should give him another two years."

"This will do irreparable damage to Limerick hurling for the next few years. Leave them at it now, see where it ends up. Offaly, Kilkenny then Dublin in the next few weeks in the league, but the test will come in the championship, against the winners of Cork and Tipperary. As for returning – I’d rather shoot myself than go back."

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