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Monday 18 December 2017

Déise hurlers are bluffers: McCarthy

JUSTIN McCarthy has broken his silence on the controversial ending of his reign as Waterford hurling manager, branding the Déise players "bluffers" and insisting he wasn't paid for his services.

In a new book entitled 'The Ecstasy and the Agony: The Real Story Behind Waterford Hurling', McCarthy says the players decision to oust him mid-season in 2008 stemmed from a lack of respect for his achievements and blamed the egos of the players for the debacle.

"Some players didn't want to give me credit for what we achieved; then they held grudges and I was left to deal with a lot of egos and personalities - a lot of bluffers," McCarthy stated.

"We had leaders on the field but a lot of irrational players off the field.

"And sometimes they blamed everyone but themselves. I won manager of the month twice and I never heard a player say 'Well done'. They wouldn't because it would give me too much credit."

McCarthy goes on to describe how some players "chanced their arm" with regard to training and insisted that those same people were the ones who blamed him for their demise.

"You will always get fellas who will chance their arm, but people have to learn to grow up and do things for themselves - you can't pamper people or they'll go soft. Players had to grow up and learn for themselves and many didn't.

"When people get spoiled and soft, it's too easy to blame the teacher or the boss. It wasn't a f**king creche we were running in Waterford.

"I travelled to Waterford night after night and I never had a lad say to me, 'Jaysus Justin, you must be tired after all the driving'.

"I didn't make any money with Waterford and lost valuable money in wear and tear on the car over the years.

"But Waterford won't make or break me. I just love the game and I'm strong mentally and physically. We brought in some people to the setup but I didn't break the bank or put pressure on the county board finances."

p ALL seats in the Mackey Stand have been sold for Ireland's upcoming International Rules First Test clash with Australia at Páirc na nGael in Limerick. Ireland face the Aussies on Saturday October 23 (7pm).

With the Mackey Stand sold out, a special combination package for both the Limerick and Croke Park tests now includes a seat in the North Stand at Páirc na nGael and one in the Lower Cusack Stand for the second test in Dublin on October 30.

This two test package costs €35 and is available from www.gaa.ie/tickets. Other ticket offers are also available for juvenile groups .

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