Former Rebels boss Gerald McCarthy has said he wouldn’t have taken the Cork job in 2007 if he knew what was to come.
The St Finbarr’s man had a difficult period in charge, which led to a bitter standoff as the players refused to play for him and the former Cork hurling star even received a death threat at one stage:
“Certainly, I would not have got back involved with the Cork set-up in 2007 if I knew where it was going to lead to and the strife and trouble that it was going to cause,” he tells TG4’s Laochra Gael
“Very quickly, myself and the selectors discovered there was a lot more involved behind the scenes. It was a period where the GPA were trying to establish themselves, really.
“To further their aims, to show the association as a whole what they could do if they didn’t get recognised. I think that was one of the elements behind the scenes.
“My father came to me and said, ‘Ger, just get out of that job. Get out of it. It’s causing too much hassle for the family and step down’. So I did.
“There were certain untruths being put out in the public domain that I had contrived the situation with a death threat so that I could step down. But I was disappointed that I had to step down.
“Hurling is too precious a game to have things like this happen to people involved in it. I don’t think any hurling man should have to put up with things like that.”