Quaid speaks out as he misses out on Limerick minor job

An impassioned speech from Joe Quaid at this Tuesday night’s September County Board meeting wasn’t enough to sway the minds of the club delegates in his favour when appointing the 2013 Limerick minor hurling manager.

An impassioned speech from Joe Quaid at this Tuesday night’s September County Board meeting wasn’t enough to sway the minds of the club delegates in his favour when appointing the 2013 Limerick minor hurling manager.

Despite casting a disconsolate figure leaving the meeting in Claughaun, this Wednesday afternoon Quaid gave his backing to the in-coming management.

“Of course I am disappointed but I wish the management all the best. I have nothing against them and I hope they bring the young lads along to reach their potential,” Quaid told LeaderSport.

The Murroe-Boher man said that he hadn’t any decision made regarding his future coaching intentions or whethar he is to allow his name go forward for re-election as Limerick Coaching Officer at Annual Convention.

“I will sit down with my management in the next week or two and see where we are at,” he said regarding the possibility of managing the 2013 county U-17 side and thus remaining with the group of players he has led since U-14 level.

The previous night, a clearly emotional Quaid, told delegates he had “put down the hardest week of my life”.

“There has been a lot of talk about my application for the minor job and I am very disappointed with the process that was used to select the manager with interviews on the Friday before the U-16 tournament and then I was given just 24 hours to enjoy winning Limerick’s first All-Ireland U-16 title before being told I didn’t get the minor job,” outlined the former Limerick goalkeeper, who confirmed that he was offered a position as selector and declined.

“We deserved - we are not entitled to anything, but I think we deserved a shot at bringing these kids forward,” he said.

“I have no agenda standing up here and I have nothing against the management team that has been put in place and I would be straight up about that. I don’t get involved in the politics of the GAA - never have and never will. I wear my heart on my sleave.”

Quaid said that a lack of experience was the reason given to him by the selection committee of Joe McKenna, Eibhear O’Dea, Mike O’Riordan, Oliver Mann and Mickey O’Sullivan.

“I think that is a bit disingenuous to me and my management squad - the thing that hurt me the most was been told it was a lack of experience,” said Quaid, who outlined his creditionals as a player, his senior club experience with Murroe-Boher and Abbeydourney in Kerry and his recent underage duties.

“I had gone away and sourced Diarmuid Mullins as the coach. He has worked as wing man to Tony Considine for the last three or four years in Kilmallock - he played minor and won and an All-Ireland minor with Laois. I think I had a good team,” explained Quaid.

“I am not entitled to anything - Limerick hurling owes me nothing. All I am trying to do is give a bit back. The last thing that I want is turmoil in Limerick hurling - I have Limerick hurling at heart,” he said.

“I am not going to get into mud-slinging or anything about personalities. I can walk away from all of this and hold my head up high that everything I did, everything Don Flynn did and everything Ray Ryan did was done with honesty, integrity and above all with the kids best intentions - we did it for the good of Limerick hurling,” he said.

Quaid’s comments came at the end of his usual report as Limerick GAA Coaching Officer, during his he paid tribute to all Limerick underage hurling teams that played in their recent competitions.

Later in the meeting when the ratification of the minor management was being debated, Quaid watched on quietly.

He made only one comment and that was to confirm that trainer Jerry Wallace was not made available to him despite being sourced by the selection committee to join the Brian Ryan management team.

Wallace is also due to play a role as physical fitness trainer/coach to the U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 teams.