CIARAN Carey has sensationally quit as Limerick senior hurling selector just four weeks before the Munster championship clash with Tipperary.
The Limerick hurling hero blamed the poor preparation of the inter-county side for his shock decision.
â€œI had issues with how the team were physically prepared and that trend has been there for a while now,â€ said the Patrickswell man.
â€œThe 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,â€ explained Carey.
â€œIt will come as no shock to the management that I have made such a decision because I have voiced my concerns over the past few months about our preparations. If you are to have any hope at this level, you must be able to compete with the best teams because power and pace are such a major part of the game now. In this regard, we have some way to go.â€
However, Limerick hurling manager John Allen had another explanation.
â€œAs far as we are concerned Ciaran has decided that he canâ€™t give the time commitment that is necessary at this level,â€ explained Allen after Limerick beat Dublin 0-18 to 1-12 in a challenge game in Cappamore on Sunday afternoon.
â€œI 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 canâ€™t give 100% that he is better off not part of the management team,â€ outlined Allen.
When asked about Careyâ€™s claims of poor team preparation, Allen replied: â€œI am not going to get into an controversy so I am not going to say anymore. I am taking at face value that he doesnâ€™t have the time to give. There has been no drama - no dressing room dust-up as far as I am concerned,â€ said Allen.