LIMERICK hurling manager Justin McCarthy has rubbished suggestions that he is remaining in charge of the county’s hurlers for financial gain.
McCarthy said yesterday that it’s his wish to guide Limerick into a “new era”.
“I will never be bought. Nobody will ever buy Justin McCarthy and money would never come into it,” said McCarthy.
“There is no way that is happening. I can guarantee you and tell you straight out, down the middle.
“I do it with a heart and a half because I am a hurling person and I have a love for Limerick, I’ve connections in Limerick and because I’m a hurling man and I feel there’s something can be done and that’s my way forward and my thinking.”
If Limerick lose to Offaly on Saturday, McCarthy’s two-year term would be up, but Limerick GAA chairman Liam Lenihan has already stated that there will then be a review process.
However, it appears McCarthy is ready for another term in Limerick: “I gave a commitment to the county board who interviewed me for the job that I would stay for two years.
“I’m not one to walk away from things when I see something that can be done and if I can do it with the energy and enthusiasm and the experience that I have. I was always going to play my part in order to put Limerick hurling in a new sort of an era coming through to have new thinking and new ideas.
“So I wasn’t going to walk away from that. I am a hurling man through and through. My track record in hurling and my interest and love of hurling is absolutely endless,” the Corkman told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland radio show.
If McCarthy remains in charge then the door will be open for players to return.
“The door is always open. The door isn’t shut on anybody, but people have to realise that there are rules and regulations in any organisation or team or management – that people just can’t go and do what they want and pick and choose where they like.
“You must have somebody in charge and I was given that job and there has to be respect on both sides, but certainly management have to be respected and that’s what I would expect and that’s what we are getting from the new group of players.
“Somebody has to be in charge and if it’s me, certainly that would be it and other people would have to fall in line for a common cause with one frame of mind to build for the future and if it’s Limerick, that’s the way it’s going to be.” Limerick travel to Tullamore for Saturday’s tie (throw-in 7pm) as part of a double-header with the Offaly footballers taking on Waterford at 5pm.
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