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Clare captain expresses frustration

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Dec 2009 11:10

Brian O'Connell: 'The public perception is out there that we are stopping these meetings with the county board. We have not cancelled anything.'
Brian O'Connell: 'The public perception is out there that we are stopping these meetings with the county board. We have not cancelled anything.'

Clare captain Brian O’Connell has heavily criticised the county board over their handling of the player row with manager Mike McNamara.

The vast majority of Banner players are against manager Mike McNamara continuing his role, but efforts to address the issue around a negotiating table among all parties have so far proved futile.

And O’Connell claimed in The Clare People that the board have cancelled this meeting three times recently without any real reason to do so.

O’Connell said: ‘The public perception is out there that we are stopping these meetings with the county board.

‘We have not cancelled anything. There have been three different meetings cancelled, meetings when we have always been available.’

O’Connell also said that the actions of the board are deepening the rift.
‘It’s putting lads out – there are lads coming from Galway, from Limerick, from Waterford and Dublin, but the meetings have been cancelled at short notice and treated half-heartedly by the board, while the perception out there is that we’re not willing to meet. It’s the total opposite.

‘On Sunday, I was playing soccer for Bunratty and then afterwards I had a text on my phone around five o’clock that the meeting was cancelled.

'I had to go around then and try to contact over 30 lads, who had cancelled any plans they had for the evening to attend the meeting.

‘It’s been dragging on and on – we want this out of the way and sorted so we can move on.

'That’s the bottom line – another week is going to pass now and next thing there could be another week passed and next thing it could be Christmas and you’ll then be starting in January.

‘It’s being put off and put off and put off – we haven’t been given any real reason.

‘The more the board are putting off meetings, the more we are questions are there as to why they are putting off meetings. Have they got something else up their sleeves? What’s going on with the board?’

Clare chairman Michael O’Neill said however that there have been ‘some problems but I am not going to disclose to you what they are but we have had some meetings with the players.’ He also went on to say that the problem will be resolved before Christmas.

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