No replacement for Carey in Limerick hurling set-up

CIARAN Carey won’t be replaced as Limerick hurling selector, according to Limerick GAA chairman Liam Lenihan.

CIARAN Carey won’t be replaced as Limerick hurling selector, according to Limerick GAA chairman Liam Lenihan.

The Patrickswell man resigned from John Allen’s management team over the weekend, but Limerick GAA chairman Liam Lenihan has confirmed that no one extra is to be added to the back room team.

Carey was in his second season as a Limerick selector - having served under Donal O’Grady last season.

The former Limerick captain was the only selector to remain from last season when John Allen finalised his set-up for 2012.

But now just four weeks before Limerick travel to Semple Stadium for the Munster championship quarter-final against Tipperary, Carey has walked away from the inter-county set-up.

The Limerick chairman has confirmed that manager Allen is not looking to replace Carey and will continue to work alongside selectors John Kiely and Eamonn Meskell as well as coach Donach O’Donnell.

As the fall-out continues from the shock resignation, conflicting theories persist as to the reason behind Carey’s decision.

The Limerick hurling hero blamed the poor preparation of the inter-county side for his shock decision.

“I had issues with how the team were physically prepared and that trend has been there for a while now,” said the Patrickswell man.

“The easy thing to do was to go through the motions for the next few weeks but Limerick hurling means too much to me. For that reason, I needed to be honest to myself but, more importantly, I needed to be honest to the players. Honesty should be at the core of any inter-county set-up and it would be wrong to stay in a system that I clearly had concerns about,” explained Carey.

However, Limerick hurling manager John Allen had another explanation.

“As far as we are concerned Ciaran has decided that he can’t give the time commitment that is necessary at this level,” explained Allen after Limerick beat Dublin 0-18 to 1-12 in a challenge game in Cappamore on Sunday afternoon.

“I recognise that Ciaran is an icon in Limerick hurling and that he is very committed to Limerick hurling and always has been and I respect his wishes that if he can’t give 100% that he is better off not part of the management team,” outlined Allen.

When asked about Carey’s claims of poor team preparation, Allen replied: “I am not going to get into an controversy so I am not going to say anymore. I am taking at face value that he doesn’t have the time to give. There has been no drama - no dressing room dust-up as far as I am concerned,” said Allen.