Coaching style ‘doesn’t suit’ Limerick’s needs

FORMER Limerick hurling manager Richie Bennis has insisted Justin McCarthy’s style of coaching “doesn’t suit” the county’s needs.

McCarthy guided Limerick to this year’s All-Ireland semi-finals but the Shannonsiders suffered a humiliating 24-point defeat against rampant Tipperary at Croke Park.

Bennis said: “I don’t think Justin’s style of coaching suits Limerick. He may be a good coach and I won’t query his credentials because he did well with Waterford but they have a different style of hurler.”

Bennis added: “There wasn’t a sadder Limerick man than me when Tipperary gave us that hiding. The Tipperary players weren’t even happy beating Limerick that way.

“Normally we’d have a slag about matches but they didn’t gloat one bit; they were nearly apologising.

“Outside of Tipperary this year, we ran Kilkenny the closest (2007 All-Ireland final) when they only beat us by seven points.”

Bennis took over during the 2006 championship when Joe McKenna vacated the Limerick post following a heavy defeat against Clare in Ennis.

But Bennis revealed: “I know for a fact that the county board never wanted me in. At the time I came in, I relieved them of a situation and we did fairly well.

“Public opinion forced them to pick me for the next two years, with the possibility of a third year which I didn’t get.”

Bennis continued: “The future doesn’t look rosy for Limerick hurling. Rugby is on a high and that’s a big problem that has been self created because there is no reason why Limerick hurling shouldn’t be on a high.

“We have a coaching programme but the coaching is not being done.”


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