The Clare Senior Hurlers have issued a statement criticising the process to appoint a new manager for the team.
A meeting was held between players and County Board Chairman Joe Cooney this evening, 24 hours before club delegates are expected to vote on the appointment of a new manager.
After outgoing Joint Manager Donal Moloney’s withdrawal from the running, Brian Lohan and Louis Mulqueen are in the running for the role, and it’s expected that one of the two will be presented to club delegates at tomorrow’s meeting.
The players’ statement, which has been sent to Clare FM and was first reported by The Clare Champion, sees them express disappointment at the length of time the process has taken, and a lack of consultation with them on the matter.
It states that Moloney interviewed for the role four weeks ago, and that players’ only source of information was second-hand updates through the media.
The statement also flags concerns about the future operation of the Club Clare Hurling Supporters group, saying it has raised over €350,000 since it was established in 2016.
The players statement in full:
Following the announcement on Sunday (6 October 2019) by Donal Moloney and his management team of their decision not to seek appointment for the 2020 season, representatives of the Clare Senior Hurling panel requested a meeting with the County Board Chairman Joe Cooney who is leading the process of appointing a management team. Mr. Cooney met with representatives of the hurling squad this evening (Tuesday, 08 October 2019).
A range of concerns were raised by players at this meeting:
– Players outlined to the County Board Chairman their frustration at not having been consulted during the 4-month process of securing a management team for 2020. Players’ only source of information on the process was second hand updates disseminated through the mainstream media and social media.
– The players are disappointed by the length of time it has taken to conclude the ongoing process and the lack of clarity provided to Donal Moloney and his management team on the process, despite having been interviewed for the position 4 weeks ago.
– A report in the October edition of the Clare County Express falsely reported players were in favour of a change of management. No member of the Clare Senior panel approached any potential candidate for the position other than Donal Moloney (up to his announcement on Sunday that he was withdrawing his name from the process).
– We informed the County Board Chairman of the necessity for the County Board to fully support the hurling team in terms of investment in facilities such as Caherlohan, as well as provide our players with the necessary supports to maximise our ability to compete at the highest level.
– Players raised concerns about the future operation of Club Clare Hurling Supporters, which has raised over €350,000 since it was established by Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney in 2016. We have asked the County Board to support the continuation of the supporters club or failing that, bridge any shortfall in funding and investment that may arise from the discontinuation of the supporters club.
– The players would like to acknowledge Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor for their contribution over the past three years in the senior setup. The level of professionalism brought into the setup raised standards on and off the pitch.