Last night in Waterford Justin McCarthy resigned from his post as the county team’s hurling manager. In a statement he said
“Today I informed the chairman of Waterford County Board that I intend to step down as manager of the Waterford Senior hurling team.
I made the decision as I feel I no longer have the full support of all the players on the team.
I regret that my decision to step down has come in the middle of the championship season, however I feel it is the best course of action for everybody involved”
It had become apparent in the wake of the defeat to Clare that some of the players were unhappy with McCarthy. There were rumours that Eoin Kelly was dropped off the panel for disciplinary reasons and much was made of Dan Shanahan storming off the field and refusing to shake Justin’s hand when substituted. Apparently the players held a private meeting among themselves earlier in the week and so Justin resigned when he realised the game was up.
It’s tough on McCarthy given how much he’s done for Waterford, he took them to Munster titles and to the brink of All-Ireland glory. It wasn’t his fault the schedule conspired against them last year or the players choked when so near the finishing line or there’s not a decent goalkeeper to be found in the county. You could say that McCarthy has been there so long that his message and methods aren’t working anymore but the manager is always the easy scapegoat after failures and in this case it looks more like players getting too big for their boots.
The effort (or lack of it) from some of them in the game against Clare was a disgrace, Shanahan was so anonymous during the game he could have been taken off long before half time. Conceding 2-26 was pretty shocking for the backs too even without Ken McGrath and Eoin Murphy.
Anyway now they have to find a new man to lead them through the qualifiers. They have an easy start to those with a likely game against Antrim and with the usual initial surge from having a new man in charge they might fly on a bit further but it’s very hard to see them making the all ireland breakthrough this year now. Haven’t heard any rumours yet as to who might take over, realistically they need a big name and a strong character although they’ll probably settle on some easy choice guy from within the county.
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2009 Hurling Championship Draw