Wexford hurling manager Liam Dunne says he is willing to remain in charge if it is the wish of his players as he spoke out against the criticism of his team.
The Yellowbellies saw their 2016 campaign come to a disappointing end with a 10-point defeat to Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, two weeks after their first Championship win over Cork in 60 years.
Dunne has dealt with a huge turnover in personnel in the last couple of seasons.
Aside from retirements and players not making themselves available, the 48-year-old has had to cope with a crippling injury list and, following the defeat to Waterford, hinted that he may leave his post after five years at the helm.
"I went to a county board meeting last year and there wasn't one club opposed to putting me back in, just silence,” he said. “I don't know really [if I'll be here next year]...It's for another day.
"If anyone deserved a rest and a break...Maybe the county board might send me on a holiday, I'd take it. I've given it everything I can and we're introducing new things all the time.”
Speaking to The Wexford People, the Oulart-The Ballagh clubman says that after qualifier wins over Offaly and Cork he would be willing to remain in charge for a sixth year if it was in line with the players' wishes.
“There’s a lot of young guys there, a very young panel that is there," he said.
"If they want me to stay on I will, if they want me to go I’ll go. We got some things wrong, but we also got a hell of a lot right.
“From last year in Nowlan Park if you look at the programme against Kilkenny, there are 14/15 players who have gone through retirement, injuries and the like.”
The Leinster campaign got off to a 13-point defeat to Dublin at Croke Park and Dunne feels that the critics have been over-the-top on many occasions regarding his depleted squad, including dissenting voices from within the county.
“This year everyone’s back was to the wall,” he said.
“There was a tweet from ‘Gizzy’ (Diarmuid) Lyng some time back about four years and no progress. This was disappointing as the same player said he hadn’t time to give to any development squads.”
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