Limerick GAA officials have released a statement saying they are disappointed that Donal O’Grady decided to step down as joint-manager before a resolution to their dispute could be found..
O’Grady stepped down on Sunday, citing his unhappiness at the county board for failing to retract a claim that he and fellow boss TJ Ryan had apologised for the team’s poor form in the Allianz League.
Today the county board claimed a "draft statement" had been written which included a line saying the managers had never apologised.
The board says Donal O’Grady "was reluctant to agree the statement or engage with a third party intermediary to finalise an agreed statement."
"In the end he chose to resign his position and informed the Chairman by voicemail before 10pm on Sunday night last."
Donal O'Grady had previously managed the Shannonsiders in 2011,
Ryan will remain in his role for the rest of the 2014 season, along with selectors Mark Lyons and Paul Beery.
Limerick failed to get promotion from Division 1B of the league and were subsequently beaten by Galway in the divisional quarter-final. The defence of their Munster title sees them face Tipperary on 1 June.
Limerick statement: “The Management Committee of Limerick County Board convened last night to discuss the resignation of Donal O’Grady as joint manager of Limerick senior hurling team.
The Chairman expressed his disappointment at the decision, particularly so when efforts were ongoing to finalise an agreed statement clarifying matters arising from the April county board meeting.
“The Chairman confirmed that the draft statement had included a statement confirming that the joint managers had never apologised for the performance against Offaly, however they had accepted full accountability and taken full responsibility for failing to achieve league promotion.
“Unfortunately, Donal O’Grady was reluctant to agree the statement or engage with a third party intermediary to finalise an agreed statement. In the end he chose to resign his position and informed the Chairman by voicemail before 10pm on Sunday night last.
“Management decided unanimously to confirm TJ Ryan as manager with selectors Mark Lyons and Paul Beery until the conclusion of this year’s championship. It was also agreed that the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer in consultation with the team management would identify and appoint a hurling coach as a priority.
“County Management confirmed their full confidence in the management and team and reaffirmed that every support required to prepare for the Munster Championship will be made available to the management and team.”