Monday 16 September 2019

Dunne's future in doubt

'If they want me to stay on I will,' hurling manager says

Liam Dunne congratulates his Waterford counterpart, Derek McGrath, after Sunday's quarter-final in Thurles
Liam Dunne congratulates his Waterford counterpart, Derek McGrath, after Sunday's quarter-final in Thurles

Brendan Furlong

Liam Dunne says he doesn't know if he will be in charge of Wexford Senior hurlers next year.

Dunne has been over the Model county men for the past five seasons. Speaking in the aftermath of their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Waterford, the Oulart-The Ballagh clubman feels that the decision is 'for another day'.

'I don't know. I'm there five years. I went to the County Board meeting for ratification last year, and there wasn't one club opposed to putting me back in, just silence. No club spoke up on my behalf, even my own club, which was most disappointing,' he said.

'I don't know really if I'll be there next year. It's another day. I've been involved for the past five years, and was with Oulart-The Ballagh for three years before that

' I was with the Wexford Minor team for two years, and with the Wexford Juveniles for two years before that again.

'That was just after I retired after 16 years with Wexford.

'If anyone deserved a rest and a break.. maybe the County Board might send me on a holiday. Some of those guys will go back next year and push it on whether I'm there or not.

'As I said to the lads inside (dressing-room) we're building a foundation.

'There's a lot of young guys there, a very young panel that is there.

'If they want me to stay on I will, if they want me to go I'll go. We got some things wrong but we also got a hell of a lot right.

'From last year in Nowlan Park if you look at the programme against Kilkenny, there are 14/15 players who have gone through retirement, injuries and the like.

'This year everyone's back was to the wall. There was a tweet from 'Gizzy' Lyng some time back about four years and no progress. This was disappointing as the same player said he hadn't the time to give to any development squads,' Dunne claimed.

'Should I not be back I will go back to the club's Under-10s and look after this section with the Jack Dunnes of the future.'

On the defeat to Waterford, Dunne accepted they were the better team on the day.

'We were beaten by a better team. To be fair to Waterford, they took their Munster final defeat and came back all guns blazing today. We were beaten by a better team, so no complaints.

''I would like to think that this season Matthew (O'Hanlon) our captain, and Lee (vice-captain) led by example.

'We could have taken Lee off with ankle ligament problems but he refused and chose to stay on and battle it out. His ankle had ballooned by the end of the game.

'Then there was the injury to Eoin (Moore) when we had got back within five points.

'It was just another to add to the catalogue of injuries. We had to call on players stiff recovering from injury, Liam (Ryan), who was superb after growing into the game, while Aidan (Nolan) is battling a knee problem but made his contribution.

'I cannot fault the efforts of the players.

'Now they must stick together and move on, and with the exception of Andrew (Shore) and Shane (Tomkins), the remaining injured players should be available for the league.'

'A lot of players have grown up this year, and now they must make another giant leap next year,' Dunne said.

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