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PostSubject: Willie Sunderland quits   Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:53 pm

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Kildare hurling plunged into crisis after management quits over cuts in funding

KILDARE hurling was in crisis last night after senior county manager Willie Sunderland and his entire backroom team stepped down.

Sunderland, who took charge in 2011 and guided the team to a Division 2B title earlier this year, announced his decision to resign in the dressing room following training on Friday night.

"I don't feel too good about it," Sunderland told the Sunday Independent yesterday. "I feel really sad and very sorry for the 25-30 players that are putting in a serious effort for me and for Kildare.

"But there have been cracks in the whole link with the county board for the past few months and they have widened to an extent that I feel I'm just not in control of the team anymore.

"We have had serious issues with basic stuff, like the availability of physios, pitches and trying to get challenge matches before we make a step up and play the likes of Westmeath, Wicklow, Laois, Kerry and Derry in Division 2A. One of my players got injured last Sunday morning at training and I didn't even have an ice pack to give him, never mind a physio.

"We have been told that all county teams have to train together – hurling and football – on the same night and share physios. That's fine, but we've been designated pitch number four at Hawkfield. There are floodlights there, but the problem is they are not attached to the generator."

Sunderland confirmed that his fellow selectors Mattie Dowd and Don McSweeney and coach Bertie Sherlock have all stepped down too.

The Lilywhite board has been struggling to fight an ongoing financial crisis, with their running deficit rising to over €700,000.

The county has already been subject to a financial overseer, the former Munster Council secretary Simon Moroney, since April as part of the conditions for a €300,000 cash advance from Croke Park.

"I'm a reasonable man, I know we're in very tough recessionary times and I know the county board is in a crisis with finances," added Sunderland. "But, from what I can see, €75,000 has been made available to Kildare hurling teams in 2013. I have to try and prepare a team to play league and championship out of that, and the minors and under 21s have to be looked after too.

"I know where the county board is coming from. I have sat down with them at the start of the season before and worked through things. But at a meeting last Wednesday night I was due to meet the county board chairman and the hurling board chairman. There were other people at the meeting and the bottom line is we're being cut, cut, cut. But we've just been cut to the bone now. And the future of Kildare hurling, if there is to be one, deserves better.

"I won't tolerate not being able to plan properly, not being able to arrange challenge matches, having players getting injured with not even an ice pack to give them.

"Last year we spent €105,000 on teams – we're going up a level in senior hurling next year and so we've already had to factor in an extra 10 training sessions to try and bridge that gap. We've had 25 lads out training in the freezing cold to try and make that leap. But the way things have panned out over the last few months and weeks have just not been sustainable and we've made our decision."

The Kildare board has cut expenditure massively, launched a number of fundraising initiatives and are in the process of securing a new sponsor, which they hope to have in place by mid-January.

But the loss of Sunderland is a huge blow to the hurling community.

His departure comes just days after they lost their most promising young talent, Conor Kenny, who has decided to transfer to Tipperary club Borris-Ileigh where his father, Tony, hails from. Kenny, a prolific scorer at senior and under 21 level for Kildare in recent years, is expected to be in contention for a place in the Tipp under 21 squad next season.

- DAMIAN LAWLOR
http://www.independent.ie/sport/hurling/kildare-hurling-plunged-into-crisis-after-management-quits-over-cuts-in-funding-3334449.html

Big loss to the hurlers..
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:09 am

A mess. Pained me to read this.
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:08 am

Given that this situation hit the headlines almost two weeks ago & is still not sorted is a very poor situation. How can a panel of players prepare for competition under these circumstances? If even half the stories that are flying around are true then the County Board need to have a chat to themselves. It's a shameful turn of events for Kildare GAA
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:33 pm

Haven't heard any stories, what's happening?
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:04 am

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Haven't heard any stories, what's happening?

Listened to the captain on radio one this morning and there's a major rift between the hurling panel and the county board. He even went as far as to say he feel's the county board are happy that they aren't training as its saving them money... Sounds bad and to be honest sounds like the county board aren't even interested..... Sad state of affairs.... From the outside looking in it does seem like the hurlers are getting a raw deal.... Feel sorry for them and no incentive to try achieve a county jersey when you've no county board backing....
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:06 pm

That's not what you want to hear and certainly, it's going to be very hard for them to be prepared for Kehoe Cup. Hopefully the siege mentality will help them but they're just not going to be ready for the league.

John McMahon says he's in talks with Willie Sunderland and they're trying to come to some solution. Needs to happen quickly.

http://www.daraghoconchuir.ie/blog.php?id=2416
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:39 am

Good to hear they're back.

http://www.daraghoconchuir.ie/blog.php?id=2419
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:30 am

Great win in the Kehoe Cup today over Meath in Trim. Roll on Laois in a fortnight's time!
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:04 am

Very pleasing start. It'll be a fair step up in Laois though
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PostSubject: Re: Willie Sunderland quits   Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:44 am

Yeah greta win in teh Keogh Cup. Nice to win any trophy. But As Ogie says. Iys a big step up to Laois. They are prob at the level where we need to go next imo
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