LIMERICK County Board secretary Mike O’Riordan last night revealed that attempts to resolve the standoff between senior hurling manager Justin McCarthy and the majority of last year’s squad are ongoing.
O’Riordan has spent the past week contacting all the players on the 2009 panel, including those currently at odds with the management team, to ascertain whether they would agree to talk to representatives from Croke Park in an effort to bring closure to the row which has rocked the GAA on Shannonside.
“I’ve tried to contact every player by phone, but haven’t managed to get all of them yet,” he said.
“So far the players are saying they’ll talk, they have no problem with that, but whether that means they’ll negotiate or not is another question, and the more important question – the definition of ‘talking’ and ‘mediating’ are very different. We’re trying to ascertain that.”
The Limerick official also stressed that former Waterford boss McCarthy will be at the helm when Limerick open their National Hurling League campaign against Galway in Kilmallock on Sunday. He insisted: “He’s still in charge, yes, and there’s no other scenario out there.”
With no county board meeting scheduled until March 9, some in the county have wondered if the subject of McCarthy’s continued management may be broached again prior to that date.
O’Riordan confirmed: “The clubs can seek a special meeting of the county board at any time – offhand, I think it’s five clubs and five days’ notice of the meeting, and they would have to contact me.”
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