Monaghan hurlers back manager, refuse to play

Monaghan hurlers have announced that they will not fulfil their Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A final this weekend against Fingal and have spoken out in support of their under-fire former manager.

Mattie Lennon resigned last week after the county board refused to reschedule some of the local intermediate level football fixtures.

As many of the Monaghan senior hurlers are also part of the football panel, Mr. Lennon was concerned that there would be fixture congestion and urged the board to re-arrange the football fixtures. He was informed by county officials that they could not reschedule the fixtures and was given a list of rules and regulations as to the Board’s reasoning.

“I assumed that because Monaghan were in the National League final, the matches would have been rescheduled,” Mr. Lennon told RTE Radio One’s Sport at Seven programme.

“The only rule that they didn’t apply was common sense. Anybody in their right mind would not play a match three of four days before a National League final.”

As a result, the Monaghan hurlers have supported their former manager’s stance and will not field a team for the final this coming Sunday.

It also looks likely that Monaghan will also withdraw from their commitments in the Nicky Rackard Cup as it appears that no resolution seems to be forthcoming to the current impasse.


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