All-Ireland winning Kilkenny captain Andy Comerford has fired a stinging broadside at rivals Tipperary, suggesting they cave in when the pressure’s on.
The 2002 Cats skipper also criticised the decision of the Tipperary County Board to ratify Michael Ryan as manager for 2016 at the end of last year.
“I thought they were the lay of the year. During the league they had all this high-profile stuff that ‘we have to win silverware, we have to win this and we have to do that’. The manager said he was handing it over to the players and how they were putting 100 percent into the league. They came down to Kilkenny for the semi-final, but when the pressure came on, Waterford kicked on.
“When the pressure comes on, they just cave. They had a lot of opportunities to beat Kilkenny in 2014. When it came to the crunch against Galway and they were hit hard, they just fell asunder.
“I don’t know about the management set-up for next year. There are a lot of lads that have been there before. I don’t think it is constructive bringing in the same lads that were already there in the backroom team.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Galway, Comerford expressed concern over the stability of the Kilkenny full-back line. “I think our full-back line is a bit naïve. They haven’t as much experience as we would like. Kilkenny were going in there last year with JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell and Paul Murphy. This year, Tyrrell doesn’t look like he is going to be playing so we have a new full-back.”
Comerford also slammed the GAA’s distribution of hurling final tickets as a “farce”.
“The GAA have to come up with some better way of distributing the tickets to people. It is a farce really,” the three-time All-Ireland winner remarked. “You have genuine supporters who wouldn’t be affiliated with any club that want to go to a match. It is very frustrating.
Comerford was speaking at a Guinness preview night at Taaffes Bar on Shop Street in Galway.
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